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Built of books : how reading defined the life of Oscar Wilde

Author: Thomas Wright
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., [2010], ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Oscar Wilde; Oscar Wilde
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Wright
ISBN: 9780805092462 0805092463
OCLC Number: 460059093
Notes: Originally published as: Oscar's books. London : Chatto & Windus, 2008.
"A John Macrae book/Holt paperback."
Description: xiv, 370 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: 'One of the greatest of the many worlds' --
Part I: BUILT OUT OF BOOKS --
'Hear the song of Oscar!' --
'The Irish imagination' --
'Words that are winged with light' --
'Soul-forward, headlong' --
'A good book and a good fire' --
'More than real life' --
'At home with Lucien' --
'Minute and critical' --
'How to love Greek things' --
'How to grow' --
'The true liber amoris' --
'The despotism of fact' --
'Such a strange influence' --
Part II: THE LIBRARY --
'Spirit of Beauty! tarry still awhile' --
'Holy of Holies' --
'The falser is the truer' --
'More than usually revolting sentimentality' --
'The vulgar beast' --
'The look of a book' --
'Sensuous and intellectual' --
'Smoke and talk' --
'Mirror of perfect friendship' --
'Touched by other lips' --
'Unseen ideal' --
'Mysterious by this love' --
'The heavy odours of the hothouse' --
''Arry!' --
'Ribald titles' --
'Queensberry rules' --
Part III: A LIBRARY OF LAMENTATIONS --
'May I say nothing?' --
'Humanity's machine' --
'Silence' --
'Books in his hand' --
'The greatest consolation' --
'Words of grace' --
'Dazed with the wonder' --
'Infamous Saint Oscar' --
'There they lie' --
'Interested in others' --
'Rest peaceably' --
Afterword: 'Tutti gli angeli' --
APPENDICES --
Appendix I: Wilde's Letter to the Pall Mall Gazette on the Subject of 'The Best Hundred Books' --
Appendix II: Lists of Books Requested by Wilde, 1895-97.
Responsibility: Thomas Wright.

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