Vera or the Nihilists

Vera or the Nihilists

Wilde, Oscar

language: English

Publishing date: Jan 1, 1880

Words: 19151
Pages: 81


A melodramatic tragedy set in Russia, * Vera, or the Nihilists* is loosely based on the story of Vera Zasulich. It was the first play that Wilde wrote. It features Russian revolutionaries who seek to assassinate a reform-minded Emperor. Though Wilde's fictional Emperor differs from the actual Alexander, contemporary events in Russia – as published in the British press of the time – clearly influenced Wilde.