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The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde Kindle Edition
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Oscar once said that every great man has his disciples and it is usually Judas who writes the biography. This book is an honourable exception.
I don't know if it because Neil McKenna is himself a gay man or just a highly sensitive and insightful person, but he gets right to the heart of Oscar's life. He shows us Oscar's public and private lives and how a highly intelligent man came to realise that his sexuality and identity were so much aligned, that his love for another man would not, could not be separated. In this sense Oscar's suffering transformed him from the peacock of society into a pariah and simultaneously the first modern gay man. An icon indeed. Anyone who thinks that prison should be harder or that the death penalty is just should read this book and also refer to 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'.
Not only is it clear that 'the love that dare not speak its name' was not what most people think it was, but neither was Oscar and Bosie's relationship. The picture of a man dragged into hell by his love for a spoilt and damaged partner, Bosie gradually and heartbreakingly emerges.
Ignore all the reviews which claim that this is an immoral book: as Oscar said himself: '“There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.” This book is one of the former - fascinating, funny, surprising and ultimately moving. I was in tears as Oscar's fall from Grace unfolded, and strangely moved by his decline with his petty criminal associates.
Neil McKenna has left me with a problem: what to read while he generates and crafts another beautiful book!
Well, in the first place it's is a stunning biography. Neil McKenna has uncovered masses of amazing new material about Oscar Wilde, especially about his sex life and about the conspiracy to send him to prison, and has produced a truly psychologically convincing biography. The whole thing feels very fresh, very new. I felt as if I were reading about Oscar Wilde's
life for the very first time. One of the best and most striking things about the book is its readability. McKenna writes with a beautiful, almost poetic clarity. Though a long book, every page is an absolute pleasure to read. I can't remember ever reading a more beautifully written biography, by turns taut, exciting, resonant, witty and touching. Everyone who likes Oscar Wilde must read this book.
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