Shakespeare and Stage Costume
Text upon which this Online Edition is Based: “Shakespeare and
Stage Costume,” in The Nineteenth Century: A Monthly Review.
Edited by James Knowles. Vol. XVII. January-June, 1885. Pp.
800-18. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co. This is the first
published version of the essay that was later revised and included in
Wilde’s 1891 Intentions as “The Truth of Masks.”
Wilde's essay 'Shakespeare and Stage Costume' purports to be a reply to an article by Lord Lytton attacking 'archaeology' in stage design. The essay refers to a number of Shakespeare productions, and Wilde is able to assemble an impressive amount of evidence to highlight the importance Shakespeare placed upon visual elements in his works.