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Ada Leverson has been best remembered for her association with Oscar Wilde. But her six novels have never disappeared from public view or critical appreciation, and today interest has also developed in her journalism: stories, essays, dialogues, parodies, and memoirs—which embody (as do her novels) a good deal of covert literary and cultural criticism. Her shorter writings buzz with intertextuality, analysing and parodying the literary, intellectual, and artistic fashions of the day. Her novels present an ironic, amused, but ultimately bleak view of domestic life among the urban leisured class. Men make marriage choices for gain rather than for feeling, and intelligent women opt, for reasons of convenience, to make the best of unsatisfactory marriages.
10 October 1862 Ada Beddington (later AL) was born at 21 Hyde Park Square, London, the eldest daughter in a family of four boys and four girls. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 20 June 1908 AL published her second novel, Love's Shadow, which introduces her most celebrated character, Edith Ottley. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 February 1930 AL dated a note which prefaces Letters to the Sphinx from Oscar Wilde, published that year in a limited edition of 275 copies, with her reminiscences of Wilde. Bibliographic Citation link.
30 August 1933 AL died in rooms at 8 Clarges Street, London, of pneumonia contracted in Florence. Bibliographic Citation link.
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