Customer Reviews for

Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Average Rating 4
( 7 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Great book!!!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Dry read!

    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!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1