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, 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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000703120
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
920,162
File size:
431 KB

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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