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New look at the mind of Oscar Wilde through the books he read.
on 8 September 2008
The biography explores Wilde through his books and reading; it makes compelling reading. The author's enthusiasm for the subject, and his very original research, give the book a rare sparkle and vitality.The object is to examine the inner man, the mind, of Oscar Wilde.
Whilst it is scholarly, it remains a joy to read; Wildes golden parents, his immersion into Irish folk lore, the exceptional child, the scholar, the intellectual, the witty scourge of the English bourgeoisie, the decadence, the fall, the death. A hero's journey through Ossian perhaps!
Not least interesting is Wright's own journey to write this book, which forms the last chapter. I couldn't put it down. Outstanding.