Oscar Wilde Hardcover – 1 Feb 1988
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The biography sensitive to the tragic pattern of the story of a great subject: Oscar Wilde - psychologically and sexually complicated, enormously quotable, central to a alluring cultural world and someone whose life assumed an unbearably dramatic shape. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ellmann was the Goldsmiths Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One of the things that makes this book so powerful is the tremendous feeling of empathy you get for Wilde from Ellmann. Reading the tragic episodes that constitiuted Wilde's life and death is often painful, especially towards the end.
But it's not all about the life that most people remember him for these days - sometimes we forget that Oscar had a successful career as a journalist and lecturer on both sides of the Atlantic, and learning about his days at Oxford, to his American tour, to his fame in London with his social life is an absolute pleasure. Understanding his notoriety and reputation of this period, and how he enjoyed it and played with the press, is wonderful.
If you would like to discover or rediscover a truly great man, then I urge you to read this book.
Who knows how intimidating it must be to look up at a mountain the size of Wilde, knowing that whatever you write has to do the subject justice? Whatever the case, Ellmann reached the summit. This is an immensely moving, intimate, intricate read, full of enthralling facts and detail, and beautifully written.
If you've the remotest interest in Wilde, READ THIS BOOK. It will surely be forever regarded as the definitive over-view of Wilde's life.
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900) studied at Trinity College, Dublin before attending Magdalen College, Oxford. He won the Newdigate Prize with his poem `Ravenna' in 1878 and became a disciple of the `Art for Art's sake aesthetic movement headed by Walter Pater (1839-1894). His first volume of `Poems' was published in 1881 and the following year he went on a lecture tour of the United States. Wilde's carefully crafted plays: `Lady Windermere's Fan' (1892), `A Woman of no Importance' (1893), `An Ideal Husband' (1895) and his masterful `The Importance of being Ernest' (1895) highlight the social hypocrisy of his time in the form of comedy and witty epigrams. His only novel `The Picture of Dorian Gray' (1890) is a modern take on the Faust legend. It seemed he could do no wrong and he was applauded and lionised wherever he went. But his star would fall back to earth with tragic consequences. Wilde fell in love with the son of the ruffian and scoundrel the Marquess of Queensberry, a handsome young man named Lord Alfred Douglas (`Bosie' as he became affectionately known by Wilde). In my view, `Bosie' is a despicable thug and the second most hated man in literature, the first being of course that damned brute from Porlock who interrupted Coleridge's composition of Kubla Khan!Read more ›
Rich in informaton an very eloquently done. ,
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All as described. Arrived sooner than expected and what a great read too!Published 11 months ago by jane cooke
A bit knackered (as I'd noted in the product description) but a very affordable copy of this text. Delighted.Published on 25 July 2014 by Annie Rose
Haven't had a chance to read it yet, but look forward to doing so! What more do you want me to say?Published on 25 Jun. 2014 by Carolyn Way
There is no doubt about the quality of this biography. Every facet of Wilde is revealed in careful context and Ellmann is in sympathy with this larger than life character "laughing... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by Baraniecki Mark Stuart