Oscar Wilde

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Vintage Books, Nov 5, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 680 pages
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In this biography, 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. The author depicts Wilde's comet-like ascent on the Victorian scene and his equally dramatic sudden eclipse. He presents Wilde's Irish background, the actresses to whom he paid court, his unfortunate wife and lovers, his clothes, coiffures, and the decor of his rooms. The saga of his 1882 American tour is recounted with a wealth of new details; also his later impact on the bastions of the French literary establishment. The London of the Nineties, of Whistler and the Pre-Raphaelites, Lillie Langtry and the Prince of Wales, is evoked alongside Paris of the "belle époque" and the Greece, Italy and North Africa of Wilde's travels. This critical account of Wilde's entire oeuvre shows him as the proponent of a radical new aesthetic who was perilously at odds with Victorian society. After his period of success and daring, the fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas is followed by exposure, imprisonment, a few wretched years abroad and death in exile. The tragic end of Wilde's life leaves the reader with a sense of compassion and grief for the protagonist.

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Oscar Wilde - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Illustrated encyclopedia-style article on the author, with hyperlinks to related topics
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Oscar Wilde -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
Britannica online encyclopedia article on Oscar Wilde: Irish wit, poet, and dramatist whose reputation rests on his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray ...
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Cornell University College of Arts & Sciences News Letter
A comparison of legend and fact. Essay by professor Sandra F. Siegel at Cornell University
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J. Robert Maguire - The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde, and ...
The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde, edited by Peter Raby; pp. xxii + 307. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997, £37.50, £13.95 paper ...
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Oscar Wilde Biography
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A Celebrant of Mixed Motives OSCAR WILDE - TIME
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What Killed Oscar Wilde? - New York Times
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Oscar Wilde - Why He Died Catholic
You have probably heard of the nineteenth century English author, Oscar Wilde. He is best known for his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and a play which ...
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The World of Oscar Wilde by David Claudon
In January 1882, in an effort to make money, Oscar Wilde went on a year lecture tour of America. He lectured on ideas from the Aesthetic movement--speaking ...
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About the author (1988)

Ellmann was the Goldsmiths Professor of English Literature at Oxford University.