Top positive review
A fascinating tale, told with style.
11 October 2018
I have been looking forward to this book for a very long time and it really doesn’t disappoint. It’s fast paced and very readable. There is lots of interesting detail for those who know Wilde well, particularly in the footnotes, which are absolutely riveting. (This is from someone who rarely reads footnotes.)
Matthew Sturgis is particularly strong on the turning points in Oscar’s life when he’s making new friends and networking, for example when he came to London from Oxford and holds ‘Tea and Beauty’ parties with Frank Miles and actresses such as Mrs Langtry.
Or visiting Paris with the proceeds of his US tour and meeting the decadent writers. One of them walks a lobster on a lead, many years before Salvador Dali supposedly did the same.
This is highly recommended, including for those new to biographies of Oscar Wilde. You will not be disappointed. An absolute page-turner.