Oscar Wilde: A Life in Letters

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Merlin Holland
Fourth Estate, Jan 1, 2003 - Authors, Irish - 384 pages
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Wilde the writer is known to us from his plays and prose fiction, yet it was in his conversation that his genius reached its summit. His talk is lost, his autobiography was never written, but his letters reveal him at his spontaneous, sparkling best. most brilliant. Fluent in style, these letters bear that most familiar of Wildean hallmarks - the lightest of touches for the most serious of subjects. He comments openly on his life and his work, from the early years of undergraduate friendship, through his year-long lecture tour in America as a striving young Professor of Aesthetics, to the short period of fame and success in the early 1890s, when he corresponded with many leading political, literary and artistic figures of the time. desert him. In this volume Merlin Holland has brought together his most revealing letters with a helpful commentary and some previously unpublished photographs. Together they form the closest thing we have to Wilde's own memoir.

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

Definitely an interesting look into the behaviors of Oscar Wilde. Having also read other "Letters from" type books, I feel that there is a potential to miss things that are significant and perhaps ... Read full review

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I made it to page 279. I wanted to love this book, I really did. I just couldn't do it. And now, seeing as it's been on my "currently reading" shelf for almost 3 years, I've decided to let it go, and not finish it. I really did try to love it. I just couldn't. Read full review


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Discovering America 1882
The Conformist Rebel 18831890

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Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde's only grandson. He is a journalist and the author of 'The Wilde Album' and 'Irish Peacock and Scarlet' both also published by Fourth Estate.

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