The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde

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HarperCollins, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 301 pages
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Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, in the 1990s, Oscar Wilde is hailed as a progressive sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. His actions and pretences did not bring him happiness and fulfilment: his art did. This study of Wilde's brilliant and tragic life does not linger on the mistakes which brought him notoriety, rather, it explores his emotional and spiritual search. It uncovers how he was broken by his two-year prison sentence; it probes the deeper thinking behind masterpieces such as "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" and "De Profundis"; and it traces his fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion.

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This latest contribution to the spate of centenary Wilde studies discusses the importance of religion, specifically Catholicism, in the author's life and work—from Jane Francesca Wilde's impulsive ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Joseph Pearce is a biographer and literary researcher who resides in Norfolk, England. He is the author of several books, including Tolkien: Man and Myth, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, and Literary Converts.

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