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Oscar Wilde

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  • Oscar Wilde (Penguin Books Ltd) – Mass-market paperback (1988)
    by Richard Ellmann

    Oscar Wilde

    Mass-market paperback, Penguin Books Ltd
    1988
    English
    New edition. New edition.
    656 pages

    ISBN: 0140096612
    ISBN-13: 9780140096613

    In this long-awaited bioraphy, Wilde the legendary Victorian - brilliant writer and conversationalist, reckless flouter of social and sexual conventions - is brought to life. More astute and forbearing, yet more fallible than legend has allowed, Wilde is given here the dimensions of a modern hero. Based on fresh material from many hitherto-untapped sources, Ellmann depicts Wilde's comet-like ascent on the Victorian scene and his equally dramatic sudden eclipse. His Irish background, the actresses to whom he paid court, his ... Show more

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Reviews of Oscar Wilde

Overall customer rating: 5.000
sidk

exactly as described

by sidk on Aug 6, 2009

Textbook. Authoritative and intensive study of Wilde's life. Condition, very good. Excellent value. Speedy delivery.

AnnieLou

Unforgettable "Oscar"

by AnnieLou on Aug 20, 2007

Decades of research went into this last biography writtten b;y the gifted Richard Ellmann, biographer of the "Four Dubliners", Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. Truly a Herculean effort, illuminating the charismatic and brilliant Wilde, his "specially liberal" uprbringing by both extremely gifted parents, his scholastic awards, his successful plays and lastly and most poignantly, his scandal of an affair with "Bosie". This scandal resulted in a court sentence of two years of hard labor. The resulting expose of neglect and abuse which he chronicled in "the Reading Gaol" brought about English prison reform two years before his untimely death in 1900. You will learn and suffer with him the condemnation of his society in Victorian England. Another five star by Ellmann.

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