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Conversations with Wilde: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts
 

Conversations with Wilde: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts (Hardback, New edition)

By Holland, Merlin
Foreword by Callow, Simon

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Imagined by Oscar Wilde's own grandson, this fictionalised conversation presents the essential biography of the poet, playwright and gay martyr.

ISBN 9781786782304
Barcode 9781786782304
Published 11 June 2019 by Watkins Media
Format Hardback, New edition
Series Conversations with (part: 3)
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ISBN-13 9781786782304
ISBN-10 1786782308
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Publisher Watkins Media
Imprint Watkins Publishing
Publication Date 11 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Holland, Merlin
Foreword by Callow, Simon
Series Conversations with (part: 3)
Category Poetry & Poets
Plays & Playwrights
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Number of Pages 128
Dimensions Width: 106mm
Height: 175mm
Weight 567g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Authors, English - Biography - 19th century, Authors, Irish - Biography - 19th century
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 828.809
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Imagined by Oscar Wilde's own grandson, this fictionalised conversation presents the essential biography of the poet, playwright and gay martyr. Renowned for his endlessly quotable pronouncements, Oscar Wilde cut a dashing figure in late Victorian London ... until his tragic downfall resulting from an ill-judged libel action. We remember him not only for his famous trial and imprisonment, but also for a devil's dictionary of timeless aphorisms and for the enduring brilliance of plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde's life resembles his early short story, The Remarkable Rocket, which, rising from nowhere in a shower of sparks, explodes and falls to earth, exclaiming as it goes out, I knew I should create a great sensation. Merlin Holland expertly traces the arc of his illustrious ancestor's life, from his birth in Dublin in 1854 as Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, to a brilliant career at Oxford University where his reputation for dandyish wit was first honed, through to his conquest of the drawing rooms and theatres of fashionable London, culminating in disgrace and imprisonment at the hands of the Marquess of Queensberry in the most notorious libel trial in English history. Wilde died in penury and obscurity in 1900, yet his reputation today has never been greater. This engaging and innovative short book features a concise biographical essay on Wilde's meteoric career, followed by a Q&A interview based on Wilde's own words and Merlin Holland's unrivalled knowledge of his grandfather's life, work and puckish observations. This sparkling biography does full justice to Oscar Wilde's writerly genius and irrepressible humanity. It offers readers a renewed appreciation for a man who at times scadalised his era as much as he delights our own.

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Author's Bio

Simon Callow is a film, TV and theatre actor, as well as a writer.He played Oscar Wilde on stage in TheImportance of Being Oscar, and his books include Oscar Wilde and His Circle.

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