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The fall of the house of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and his family

Author: Emer O'Sullivan
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"A first-ever biography of Oscar Wilde that places him within the context of his family and social and historical milieu finally tells the whole story of one of the most prominent characters of the late 19th century whose trial for indecency heralded decadence's demise - and his own,"--NoveList.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Oscar Wilde; Oscar Wilde; Wilde, Lady; W R Wilde; Wilde, Lady; Oscar Wilde; W R Wilde; Oscar Wilde
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emer O'Sullivan
ISBN: 9781608199877 1608199878
OCLC Number: 958881060
Description: xii, 495 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Roots --
Lust for knowledge --
Patron-cum-scholar --
Rising high --
The bourgeois rebel --
Flirtations, father figures and femmes fatales --
Marriage --
Merrion Square --
The Wildean missionary zeal --
Wider horizons --
Open house --
1864: the end of bliss --
Honour and ignominy --
Love, hatred and revenge: the 'great libel case' --
Times are changing --
More highs, more blows --
Transience and poetry --
The unravelling --
Dabbling with options and ideas --
Openings and closings --
Literary Bohemia --
Divergent paths --
Looking to America --
'Mr Oscar Wilde is "not such a fool as he looks"' --
Marriage: a gold band sliced in half --
'The crushes' --
Aesthetic living --
Momentous changes --
Colonial resistance --
The Picture of Dorian Grey: a 'tale with moral' --
'It is personalities, not principles that move the age' --
High life, low life and little literary life --
Salomé: the breaking of taboos --
'Truly you are a starling' --
Fatal affairs --
An un-ideal husband --
Letting rip --
'It is said that passion makes one think in a circle' --
Facing fate --
Impotent silence --
The 'disgraced' name --
Author of a legend --
'We all come out of prison as sensitive as children' --
'I have fiddled too often on the string of doom' --
'I am really in the gutter'.
Other Titles: Oscar Wilde and his family
Responsibility: Emer O'Sullivan.

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"A first-ever biography of Oscar Wilde that places him within the context of his family and social and historical milieu finally tells the whole story of one of the most prominent characters of the late 19th century whose trial for indecency heralded decadence's demise - and his own,"--NoveList.

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