The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde

The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde said of himself, "I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my work." Now, for the first time, Neil McKenna focuses on the tormented genius of Wilde's personal life, reproducing remarkable love letters and detailing Wilde's until-now unknown relationships with other men.McKenna has spent years researching Wilde's life, drawing on extensive new material, including never-before published poems as well as recently discovered trial statements made by male prostitutes and blackmailers about Wilde. McKenna provides explosive evidence of the political machinations behind Wilde's trials for sodomy, as well as his central role in the burgeoning gay world of Victorian London. Dazzlingly written and meticulously researched, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde fully charts Wilde's astonishing odyssey through London's sexual underworld and paints a frank and vivid psychological portrait of a troubled genius.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9780465044382
0465044387
Branch Call Number: BIO WILDE O. McKenna
Characteristics: xiv, 539 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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JCLMattC Dec 05, 2018

There are no stones un-turned here in the private life of Oscar Wilde. There's so much information it feels like a bit of a slog sometimes, but then there are these "oh my goodness" moments peppered throughout. The author really leaves nothing, and I mean nothing!!! out of this biogr... Read More »


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JCLMattC Dec 05, 2018

There are no stones un-turned here in the private life of Oscar Wilde. There's so much information it feels like a bit of a slog sometimes, but then there are these "oh my goodness" moments peppered throughout. The author really leaves nothing, and I mean nothing!!! out of this biography.

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