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Conversations with Oscar Wilde

A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts

ISBN: 9781786782304 (HB - E)

Imagined by Oscar Wilde's own grandson, this fictionalised conversation presents the essential biography of the poet, playwright and gay martyr. Who better to interview history's most celebrated wit than Merlin Holland, Wilde's only grandson and himself a leading Wildean scholar? Renowned for his endlessly quotable pronouncements, Oscar Wilde cut a dashing figure in late Victorian London until his tragic downfall resulting from an ill-judged libel action. We remember him not only for his famous trial and imprisonment, but also for a ''devil's dictionary'' of timeless aphorisms and for the enduring brilliance of plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde died in penury and obscurity in 1900, yet his reputation today has never been greater. This innovative biography does full justice to its subject's genius and irrepressible humanity.



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