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Oscar: A Life
 

Oscar: A Life (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Sturgis, Matthew

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'Simply the best modern biography of Wilde ... A terrific achievement' Evening Standard. 'Page-turning ... Vivid and desperately moving. However much you think you know Wilde, this book will absorb and entertain you' The Sunday Times. 'Wonderfully exciting ... Sturgis's great ach...ievement is to take on board his great flurry of contradictions' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday. '[Sturgis] is a tremendous orchestrator of material, fastidious, unhurried, indefatigable' Observer. 'Oscar Wilde is more fashionable than ever ... Sturgis's account of the hearing at the Old Bailey is as gripping as it is grim' Guardian. Oscar Wilde's life - like his wit - was alive with paradox. He was both an early exponent and a victim of 'celebrity culture': famous for being famous, he was lauded and ridiculed in equal measure. His achievements were frequently downplayed, his successes resented. He had a genius for comedy but strove to write tragedies. He was an unabashed snob who nevertheless delighted in exposing the faults of society. He affected a dandified disdain but was prone to great acts of kindness. Although happily married, he became a passionate lover of men and - at the very peak of his success - brought disaster upon himself. He disparaged authority, yet went to the law to defend his love for Lord Alfred Douglas. Having delighted in fashionable throngs, Wilde died almost alone: barely a dozen people were at his graveside. Yet despite this ruinous end, Wilde's star continues to shine brightly. His was a life of quite extraordinary drama. Above all, his flamboyant refusal to conform to the social and sexual orthodoxies of his day make him a hero and an inspiration to all who seek to challenge convention. In the first major biography of Oscar Wilde in thirty years, Matthew Sturgis draws on a wealth of new material and fresh research to place the man firmly in the context of his times. He brings alive the distinctive mood and characters of the fin de siecle in the richest and most compelling portrait of Wilde to date.
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ISBN 9781788545983
Released NZ 4 Nov 2019
Publisher Head of Zeus
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781788545983
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Head of Zeus
Released 4 Nov 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Sturgis, Matthew
Category Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Number of Pages 916
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 228mm
Dewey Code 828.809
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Authors, Irish - Biography - 19th century
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade

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