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

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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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    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.

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