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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Committee Member

Beth Rosenberg

Number of Pages



Oscar Wilde's short collection of fairy tales A House of Pomegranates (1891), often considered a minor work, is analyzed textually in conjunction with its book design, by Charles Ricketts and Charles H. Shannon, which accompanied it in the first edition. A House of Pomegranates was the first book Charles Ricketts designed for Wilde, and Wilde uses Ricketts's designs almost exclusively from that point. Despite this, the designs for A House of Pomegranates have not yet been studied at any great length. The methods Wilde and Ricketts use to lace the all-important theme of individuality, found in Wilde's contemporary piece "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," through the pages of the first edition are examined and explained. Interestingly, the aesthetic themes presented by Wilde and Ricketts are somewhat undermined by the four plates drawn by Charles Shannon, which invoke more traditional values.


House; Ireland; Oscar; Paratext; Pomegranates; Text; Wilde

Controlled Subject

British literature; English literature--Irish authors; Irish literature

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1.73 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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