After William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is the most quoted of writers. His epigrams turned conventions upside down and are part of our cultural inheritance. His personality defined an era. His popularity as a wit, a dramatist and an icon continues to grow. One hundred years after Wilde's death, he remains entertaining and outlandish, ...Read MoreAfter William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is the most quoted of writers. His epigrams turned conventions upside down and are part of our cultural inheritance. His personality defined an era. His popularity as a wit, a dramatist and an icon continues to grow. One hundred years after Wilde's death, he remains entertaining and outlandish, talking about everything and nothing. Wilde's rise to prominence as an unparalleled playwright of high comedy, and his ego-driven fall from grace continue to fascinate. His life, famous trial and his death were played out in the full glare of the public's gaze. Barbara Belford's Wilde is for a new generation of readers: not the tragic figure, the martyr, the self-destructive fop. Instead Belford explores his sexuality in a more relaxed manner than previous biographers, she opens up the gaps between the facts to portray Oscar Wilde in all his complexity, genius and humanity.Read Less
This item is printed on demand. In this elegant and affectionate biography of one of the most controversial personalities of the nineteenth century, Barbara Belford breaks new ground in the evocation of Oscar Wilde's personal life and in our understandin.
He favored grey or brown velvet jackets, broad brimmed hats, gold tipped cigarettes and absinthe to drink ! The second son of a famed eye and ear surgeon, Oscar Wilde became the "aesthete" fore runner of Victorian England at the turn of the century. Unlike other Wilde biographies, Barbara Belford has spared not a one idiosyncratic detail of Oscar's personality. Much insight is gained in his relationships to several women lovers, including his loyal wife, Constance Lloyd who remains devoted to him despite the harrowing "vice trial" and its ignominious ending. His relationships to men is also described and right up to his death, they remained devoted to him as well, including his last lover, who obtained a priest for Oscar's last minute death bed conversion ! You will enjoy this wonderfully explicit account of a genius of a man !
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