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Literary Analysis Research Guide

This guide will help you find information for your research assignment both in the library and on the Internet. For students at Lone Star College-Kingwood, there may also be materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk. Ask a librarian for assistance.

As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage.  Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, literary works, events, or broader identifying terms.  Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet. 

eBooks of Wilde's collected works

Oscar Wilde


"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."

- Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is known for his dramatic, deep, and witty plays that present various aspects of the human condition. His many stories, plays, and poems were quite popular when they were written, in the Victorian Era, and they continue to inspire millions around the world.

Some of Wilde's most famous works include: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), Salome (1891), Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), many of which have been made in to film.

Wilde is often remembered for his exuberant personality, consummate wit and infamous imprisonment, but his works, especially The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, are considered among the great literary masterpieces of the late Victorian period.

Oscar Wilde: Film Adaptations

Trailer for the movie Dorian Gray, 2009, directed by Oliver Parker, starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth. Based on Oscar Wilder's short story, "The Picture of Dorian Gray."

Trailer for the movieThe Importance of Being Earnest, based on Oscar Wilde's play, 2002, directed by Oliver Parker, starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, and Reese Witherspoon. 

Trailer for the movie, The Canterville Ghost, based on Oscar Wilde's short story, 1944, directed by  Jules Dassin, starring  Charles Laughton, Robert Young, and Margaret O'Brien. Other popular adaptions of the work include a 1986 television movie starring Alyssa Milano and a 1996 television movie starring Patrick Stewart and Neve Campbell.

Trailer for the movie An Ideal Husband, 1999, directed by Oliver Parker, starring  Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, and Peter Vaughan. Based on Oscar Wilder's original story.

Trailer for the movie The Selfish Giant, 2013, directed by Clio Barnard, starring  Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas. Based on Oscar Wilder's short story.

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