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Making Oscar Wilde

Making Oscar Wilde

Packed with new evidence, Making Oscar Wilde tells the untold story of a local Irish eccentric who became a global cultural icon. This must-read book dramatizes Oscar Wilde's remarkable rise in Victorian England and post-Civil War America. Michele Mendelssohn interweaves biograph... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780198802365
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Published 7 June 2018 by Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mendelssohn, Michele
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ISBN-13 9780198802365
ISBN-10 0198802366
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 7 June 2018
International Publication Date 1 July 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mendelssohn, Michele
Category Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 143mm
Height: 223mm
Spine: 34mm
Weight 562g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Authors, Irish - Biography - 20th century, Great Britain - Social conditions - 19th century, Authors, Irish - 19th century, Biographies, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 828.809
Catalogue Code 900796

Description of this Book

Witty, inspiring, and charismatic, Oscar Wilde is one of the Greats of English literature. Today, his plays and stories are beloved around the world. But it was not always so. His afterlife has given him the legitimacy that life denied him. Making Oscar Wilde reveals the untold story of young Oscar's career in Victorian England and post-Civil War America. Set on two continents, it tracks a larger-than-life hero on an unforgettable adventure to make his
name and gain international acclaim. 'Success is a science,' Wilde believed, 'if you have the conditions, you get the result.'Combining new evidence and gripping cultural history, Michele
Mendelssohn dramatizes Wilde's rise, fall, and resurrection as part of a spectacular transatlantic pageant. With superb style and an instinct for story-telling, she brings to life the charming young Irishman who set out to captivate the United States and Britain with his words and ended up conquering the world. Following the twists and turns of Wilde's journey, Mendelssohn vividly depicts sensation-hungry Victorian journalism and popular entertainment alongside racial controversies, sex
scandals, and the growth of Irish nationalism. This ground-breaking revisionist history shows how Wilde's tumultuous early life embodies the story of the Victorian era as it tottered towards modernity.
Riveting and original, Making Oscar Wilde is a masterful account of a life like no other.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review There is much to ponder in Mendelssohn's analysis. --Publishers Weekly
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Michele Mendelssohn is a literary critic and cultural historian. She is Associate Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. She earned her doctorate from Cambridge University and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. Her previous books include Henry James, Oscar Wilde, and Aesthetic Culture and two co-edited collections of literary criticism, Alan Hollinghurst and Late Victorian Into Modern (shortlisted for the 2017 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize). She has published in The New York Times, The Guardian, African American Review, Journal of American Studies, Nineteenth Century Literature, and Victorian Literature and Culture.

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