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"Drawing on material that has come to light in the past thirty years, including newly discovered letters, documents, first draft notebooks, and the full transcript of the libel trial, Matthew Sturgis meticulously portrays the key events and influences that shaped Oscar Wilde's life, returning the man "to his times, and to the facts," giving us Wilde's own experience as he experienced it. Here, fully and richly portrayed, is Wilde's Irish childhood; a dreamy, aloof boy; a stellar classicist at boarding school; a born entertainer with a talent for comedy and a need for an audience; his years at Oxford, a brilliant undergraduate punctuated by his reckless disregard for authority . . . his arrival in London, in 1878, "already noticeable everywhere" . . . his ten-year marriage to Constance Lloyd, the father of two boys; Constance unwittingly welcoming young men into the household who became Oscar's lovers, and dying in exile at the age of thirty-nine . . . Wilde's development as a playwright. . . becoming the high priest of the aesthetic movement; his successes . . . his celebrity. . . and in later years, his irresistible pull toward another--double--life, in flagrant defiance and disregard of England's strict sodomy laws ("the blackmailer's charter"); the tragic story of his fall that sent him to prison for two years at hard labor, destroying his life and shattering his soul."
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 921 WILDE 2021 (Text) 33892100759944 Adult New Books Book None 10/18/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525656364
  • ISBN: 0525656367
  • Physical Description: xv, 838 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.

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General Note:
"This is a Borzoi Book" -- From title page verso.
"Originally published in hardcover, in a different form, in Great Britain by Apollo Books, an imprint of Head of Zeus Ltd., London, in 2018." -- From title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The Star Child -- The Nightingale And The Rose -- The Happy Prince -- The Remarkable Rocket -- The Devoted Friend -- The Young King -- The Selfish Giant -- The House Of Judgment -- In Carcere Et Vinculis -- The Fisherman And His Soul -- The Teacher Of Wisdom.
Summary, etc.:
"Drawing on material that has come to light in the past thirty years, including newly discovered letters, documents, first draft notebooks, and the full transcript of the libel trial, Matthew Sturgis meticulously portrays the key events and influences that shaped Oscar Wilde's life, returning the man "to his times, and to the facts," giving us Wilde's own experience as he experienced it. Here, fully and richly portrayed, is Wilde's Irish childhood; a dreamy, aloof boy; a stellar classicist at boarding school; a born entertainer with a talent for comedy and a need for an audience; his years at Oxford, a brilliant undergraduate punctuated by his reckless disregard for authority . . . his arrival in London, in 1878, "already noticeable everywhere" . . . his ten-year marriage to Constance Lloyd, the father of two boys; Constance unwittingly welcoming young men into the household who became Oscar's lovers, and dying in exile at the age of thirty-nine . . . Wilde's development as a playwright. . . becoming the high priest of the aesthetic movement; his successes . . . his celebrity. . . and in later years, his irresistible pull toward another--double--life, in flagrant defiance and disregard of England's strict sodomy laws ("the blackmailer's charter"); the tragic story of his fall that sent him to prison for two years at hard labor, destroying his life and shattering his soul." --Amazon.
Subject: Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
Authors, Irish > 19th century > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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