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Posted October 17, 2012
Franny Moyleis biography of the often neglected Constance Wilde, wife of the Decadent poet and playwright Oscar Wilde is a real contribution to women's history and Oscariana. Moyle tells the sad tale of Constance's unhappy childhood, and ultimately disasterous marriage to a gay man. In these pages Constance comes alive as Moyle describes her causes, triumphs and failures. Moyle is strongly critical of Oscar and even more so of Lord Alfred Douglas, Oscar's selfish lover. She also notes Constance's psychological inability to deal with the failure of her marriage the symptom of which was aimless wandering amongst the homes of the bourgeoisie and gentry. This book is a must read for any fan of Victorian culture, the Wilde circle or womens history.
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Posted December 29, 2012
A Wonderful Read
Very well researched and written bio of Constance Wilde. Some of the details are salacious, but important parts of her life. It also tells much about Oscar himself - not the most likeable person ever.
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Posted October 14, 2013
I really enjoy Oscar Wilde, so I thought that this book would offer a glimpse into his personal life. I am only on page 35, but it is soooooo boring. So far, it only gives the humdrum details of Constance Wilde's young years. I am hesitant to invest more time into it , because it is such a slow read. Don't bother!
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Posted November 3, 2013
Interesting and Fascinating Read!
If you are familiar with Oscar Wilde, you will enjoy learning more about him through his wife,Constance. She is a fascinating person in her own right. Reading about her gives insight into the culture and society of the era, especially how women were not allowed to vote.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Oscar and Constance Wilde have a fulfilling and loving marriage, supporting one another in so many ways. Oscar is also a family man who loves his wife and two sons. When Oscar begins his relationships with young men, at first he finds them fascinating for their intelligence and love of his works. Constance is often supportive and encouraging.
However, she does not realize the seedier part of his sexual needs with men.
Reading about Constance gives a better understanding of Oscar, the family man and his other life as a homosexual. Moreover, reading about her opens our eyes to how bright women had to maneuver ways to satisfy their intelligence, so they could live more enriched lives.
The author's style of writing reads more like a dissertation rather than a biography and is a bit wordy. There are moments of confusion in the timelines and some of the characters. Apart from these problems, the book explores the times and tribulations of women, especially those of Constance Wilde who had to endure public humiliation caused by her husband.
Posted October 14, 2013
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