The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde

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Overview

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

  • BN ID: 2940000703120
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 484,833
  • File size: 421 KB

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 11
Preface 13
Acknowledgements 19
1 Mother of Masks 21
2 Star in the Ascendancy 39
3 Oxford Donned 51
4 Courting Conversion 70
5 Roman Fever 91
6 Love's Web 110
7 Courting Controversy 124
8 Poetry and Pose 134
9 Courting Constance 155
10 The French Connection 175
11 Truth and Masks 185
12 Purity and Passion 197
13 Poison and Passion 207
14 Unhappy Hypocrite 217
15 Malice Through the Looking Glass 228
16 Critic or Artist 243
17 Friends and Relations 254
18 Saints and Sinners 268
19 Fatal Attraction 276
20 Courting Conviction 290
21 Descent 306
22 Abyss 320
23 Purgatory 332
24 Out of the Depths 348
25 Wilderness 361
26 Hounded by Heaven 376
27 Revelations 387
Index 399
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Fantastic!!!

    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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