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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User Review  - Andy - Goodreads

As most biographies do, this book starts of very slow. I almost gave up on it for a time but always went back to plug away. However, this book builds and builds. I would give the first quarter of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Christian biography of Wilde. A tale of self destruction. Read any and all Pearce's books- they are all worthwhile 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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