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Making Oscar Wilde

Mendelssohn, Michèle2018
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, Michèle 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.
Main title:
Making Oscar Wilde / Michèle Mendelssohn.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.
viii, 360 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
pt. ONE 1854--1881 -- ch. 1 Turning Points -- ch. 2 Do You Find the World Very Hollow? -- ch. 3 Astonishing the Dons -- ch. 4 Not Having Set the World Quite on Fire -- pt. TWO 1882--1883 -- ch. 5 Colonel Morse's Campaign -- ch. 6 Oscar Dear -- ch. 7 Mr Wild of Borneo, or The Paddy -- ch. 8 Life Imitates Art -- ch. 9 Is it Manhood? -- ch. 10 The War of Art -- ch. 11 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing -- ch. 12 Son of Speranza -- ch. 13 Underground Men -- ch. 14 Going South -- ch. 15 The Confederate -- pt. THREE 1883--1900 -- ch. 16 Success is a Science -- ch. 17 You Have Made Your Name -- ch. 18 By the Throat -- Epilogue: The Private View.
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Hampton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Biography828.8 WILOn Reserve Shelf - Awaiting collection within 10 days of this date. (Set: 20 Jan 2023)
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