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'This excellent biography offers a deeper, more rounded picture of the writer's life, his rise to stardom, his fall and tragic final days ... At once entertaining and scholarly. The man himself would be proud' The Lady. 'This book provides not only a comprehensive record of [Wilde's] activities, friendships and financial affairs, but also a powerful sense of what it was actually like to know him ... This is undoubtedly the most comprehensive, reliable and clear-sighted study of Wilde ever likely to be written' Dublin Sunday Business Post. 'A first rate biography' Sunday Express, Books of the Year. 'Like Churchill, Oscar Wilde [...] is one of those people who never seem to stop inspiring outstanding biographies, and Oscar: A Life by Matthew Sturgis is one of the best, as well as the latest, of a long line' Sunday Telegraph. 'The first major biography of the great Oscar Wilde in 30 years offers a sumptuous insight into the life of the famous - and infamous - fin de siecle playwright, author and poet' Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year, Craig Brown. 'Astute in its judgements and offers a sharp and detailed grasp of the period and an appreciation of Wilde's ambiguities' Irish Times, Books of the Year, Colm Toibin. 'The Book of the Year, perhaps of the decade ... Captures the wit, the love-ability, the dramatic genius, the insane self-destructiveness, the originality of Wilde ... [Sturgis] is the greatest chronicler of the 1890s we have ever had' TLS Book of the Year. '[Sturgis's biography] is the first major attempt since that of Richard Ellman some 30 years ago, and it's much better ... This is simply the best modern biography of Wilde ... A terrific achievement' Evening Standard. 'Oscar Wilde is more fashionable than ever, and his demise still makes for a gripping read ... Sturgis's account is fuller and in some ways more reliable [than Richard Ellmann's biography] ... Sturgis's account of the hearing at the Old Bailey is as gripping as it is grim' Guardian. 'Matthew Sturgis uses new letters and a libel trial transcript to give a fuller picture of Oscar Wilde's dazzling rise and tragic fall ... He is a tremendous orchestrator of material, fastidious, unhurried, indefatigable' Observer. 'Authoritative, magnificently researched' Spectator. 'A perfectly diligent book, and tells new readers all they possibly need to know about Wilde and his world' The Times. 'However much you think you know about Wilde, this book will absorb and entertain you. It thickens the texture of every aspect of his unique life - dazzling, decadent and doomed' Sunday Times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Matthew Sturgis is a writer with a particular enthusiasm for the cultural world of the late-nineteenth century and is the author of acclaimed biographies of Aubrey Beardsley and Walter Sickert. He has also contributed to the TLS, Daily Telegraph and Independent on Sunday. He is a member of the Oscar Wilde Society and contributes reviews to their journal The Wildean. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • File size : 24831 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 1195 pages
  • Publisher : Apollo (4 October 2018)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating tale, told with style.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent biography of Oscar Wilde
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Sturgis does it again!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography
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