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The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde
     

The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde

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by Joseph Pearce
 

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Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, Oscar Wilde, the 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

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Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, Oscar Wilde, the 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 this emotional and spiritual search.

Unlike any other biography of Wilde, it strips away these pretensions to show the real man, his aspirations and desires. It uncovers how he was broken by his two-year prison sentence; it probes the deeper thinking behind masterpieces such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” and “De Profundis”; and it traces his fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion.

Published on the 150th anniversary of his birth, this biography removes the masks which have confused previous biographers and reveals the real Wilde beneath the surface. Once again, Joseph Pearce has written a profound, wide-ranging study with many original insights on a great literary figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621640592
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
07/06/2015
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
658,557
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Pearce, director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, is the author of three books on Shakespeare, all published by Ignatius Press, and is the editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions of Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (or StAR), a magazine of Christian culture and tradition published by St. Augustine’s Press.

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Unmasking of Oscar Wilde 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a sad commentary that all he seems to be remembered for is his sexual preference! He was a genius and very talented man whose works I have loved for as long as I can remember. A highly recommended book!! Rest in peace Mr Wilde, your fans love you!!
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