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System Number: 10046
Date: [July/August 1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Oscar Wilde[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, TX
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Document Type: ALS

Oscarino[3]! -

I have unwittingly broken the seal of the enclosed - mille pardons -

I have read nothing, - but the first word - "Electra[4]!" - and know not who it is from - So you must tell me when we meet -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [July x August 1887?]
Dated by writing, and references to address and 'Electra' (see below).

2.  Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. He was then living at 16 Tite Street, near JW's house. JW lived in Tite Street for many years. He was at the White House from July 1878 to September 1879. He signed the lease for 13 Tite Street on 22 April 1881, and lived there through 1885. He moved to the Tower House, 28 Tite Street, after his marriage in August 1888.

3.  Oscarino
Wilde and JW both added mock Italian diminutives to the names of a selection of friends: Waldo Story was 'Waldino', Bodley was 'Bodlino' and E. W. Godwin was 'Godwino'.

4.  Electra
Cassell had asked Wilde to 'reconstruct and edit' the journal Lady's World, under the new name, Woman's World. Wilde wrote to Edith Jemma Simcox (1844-1901), writer and social worker [more], that articles already promised included 'Lady Archibald Campbell on Pastoral Plays' and 'the Production of a Greek play at Girtons by Miss Case'. He suggested several possible subjects including 'Women of the Roman Empire' or 'the Women of Euripides'. She wrote an article on 'Elementary School Training as a Profession', which was published in the 1888 volume of Woman's World (Wilde to Simcox, nd., [July/August 1887?], in Holland, Merlin and Rupert Hart-Davis, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, London, 2000, p. 314).