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The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family

Author: O'Sullivan, Emer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


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The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family : <p><b>The first biography of Oscar Wilde that places him within the context of his family and social and historical milieu--a compelling volume that finally tells the whole story.</b></p> <p>It&#8217;s widely known that Oscar Wilde was precociously intellectual, flamboyant, and hedonistic--but lesser so that he owed these characteristics to his parents.</p> <p>Oscar&#8217;s mother, Lady Jane Wilde, rose to prominence as a political journalist, advocating a rebellion against colonialism in 1848. Proud, involved, and challenging, she opened a salon and was known as the most scintillating hostess of her day. She passed on her infectious delight in the art of living to Oscar, who drank it in greedily.</p> <p>His father, Sir William Wilde, was acutely conscious of injustices of the social order. He laid the foundations for the Celtic cultural renaissance in the belief that culture would establish a common ground between the privileged and the poor, Protestant and Catholic. But Sir William was also a philanderer, and when he stood accused of sexually assaulting a young female patient, the scandal and trial sent shockwaves through Dublin society.</p> <p>After his death, the Wildes decamped to London where Oscar burst irrepressibly upon the scene. The one role that didn&#8217;t suit him was that of Victorian husband, as his wife, Constance, was to discover. For beneath his swelling head was a self-destructive itch: a lifelong devourer of attention, Oscar was unable to recognize when the party was over. Ultimately, his trial for indecency heralded the death of decadence--and his own.</p> <p>In a major repositioning of our first modern celebrity, <i>The Fall of the House of Wilde</i> identifies Oscar Wilde as a member of one of the most dazzling Irish American families of Victorian times, and places him in the broader social, political, and religious context. It is a fresh and perceptive account of one of the most prominent characters of the late nineteenth century.</p>

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Biography & Autobiography   Historical
Biography & Autobiography   Literary
History & Geography   World

ISBN 13:9781608199877
ISBN 10:1608199878
Size:9.59" l x 6.54" w x 1.56" h
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