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THE WORKS OF OSCAR WILDE (1,119 pp.)—Edited by G. F. Maine—Dutton ($4.95).

Like many another dashing Irishman, from Swift to George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde deemed it his destiny to invade England and take London by storm. He succeeded in fulfilling this destiny because he knew that though Britons never yield to force, they are ready to surrender the Bank of England itself to a man who can make them laugh.

His literary conquests are, perhaps, not over. Right now, Wilde is having something of a publishing renaissance in the U.S....

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