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The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde

Joseph Pearce

The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde

Joseph Pearce

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Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, in the 1990s, Oscar Wilde is hailed as a progressive sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. His actions and pretences did not bring him happiness and fulfilment* his art did.;This study of Wilde's brilliant and tragic life does not linger on the mistakes which brought him notoriety, rather, it explores his emotional and spiritual search. It uncovers how he was broken by his two-year prison sentence; it probes the deeper thinking behind masterpieces such as The Ballad of Reading Gaol and De Profundis; and it traces his fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion.

- Publisher Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, Oscar Wilde, a great poet, satirist and playwright, is hailed today, in some circles, as a "progressive" sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. His actions and pretensions did not bring him happiness and fulfillment. This study of Wilde's brilliant and tragic life goes beyond the mistakes that brought him notoriety in order to explore his emotional and spiritual search. Unlike any other biography of Wilde, Pearce's book strips away these pretensions to show the real man, his aspirations and desires. It uncovers how Wilde was broken by his two-year prison sentence; it probes the deeper thinking behind masterpieces such as The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Salome, The Ballad of Reading Gaol and De Profundis; and it traces Wilde's fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion. Published on the 150th anniversary of his birth, this biography removes the masks that have confused previous biographers and reveals the real Wilde. Once again, Joseph Pearce has written a profound, wide-ranging study, containing many original insights on a great literary figure. With the popularity of recent major motion pictures based on Wilde's plays The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband, this acclaimed book is sure to garner wide interest. Book jacket.

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About "The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde"

Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, in the 1990s, Oscar Wilde is hailed as a progressive sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. His actions and pretences did not bring him happiness and fulfilment* his art did.;This study of Wilde's brilliant and tragic life does not linger on the mistakes which brought him notoriety, rather, it explores his emotional and spiritual search. It uncovers how he was broken by his two-year prison sentence; it probes the deeper thinking behind masterpieces such as The Ballad of Reading Gaol and De Profundis; and it traces his fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion.
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Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, Oscar Wilde, a great poet, satirist and playwright, is hailed today, in some circles, as a "progressive" sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. His actions and pretensions did not bring him happiness and fulfillment. This study of Wilde's brilliant and tragic life goes beyond the mistakes that brought him notoriety in order to explore his emotional and spiritual search. Unlike any other biography of Wilde, Pearce's book strips away these pretensions to show the real man, his aspirations and desires. It uncovers how Wilde was broken by his two-year prison sentence; it probes the deeper thinking behind masterpieces such as The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Salome, The Ballad of Reading Gaol and De Profundis; and it traces Wilde's fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion. Published on the 150th anniversary of his birth, this biography removes the masks that have confused previous biographers and reveals the real Wilde. Once again, Joseph Pearce has written a profound, wide-ranging study, containing many original insights on a great literary figure. With the popularity of recent major motion pictures based on Wilde's plays The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband, this acclaimed book is sure to garner wide interest. Book jacket.
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Meet the Author

Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce, general editor of The Ignatius Critical Editions, is the highly regarded literary biographer and best-selling author of numerous works on great literary figures, including his books Literary Converts, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, and Wisdom and Innoncence: The life of G.K. Chesterton. Pearce is a writer in residence and literary professor at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.

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  • Catalogue Code 159299
  • Product Code 0002740516
  • EAN 9780002740517
  • Pages 320
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Harper Collins Australia
  • Publication Date Apr 2001
  • Dimensions 197 x 130 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.219kg

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