Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde : A Certain Genius

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After William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde is the most quoted of writers. His epigrams turned conventions upside down and are part of our cultural inheritance. His personality defined an era. Wilde's rise to prominence as a playwright of high comedy, and his ego-driven fall from grace continue to fascinate. In this book, Barbara Belford has written a new life of Wilde for a new generation of readers. Her Wilde is not the tragic figure, the martyr or the self-destructive fop. She sees his life not in terms of its tragic end, but as largely successful and joyous, and celebrates his work from that more cheerful prospect.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 394 pages
  • 160 x 241mm | 790g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Facsimiles, Portraits
  • 0747550271
  • 9780747550273
  • 2,169,950

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Praise for Barbara Belford's Bram Stoker: A Biography of the Author of Dracula "A superb biography...It completely alters our understanding of the classic tale." --Michael Sheldon, Baltimore Sun "Intelligent, well-written and always interesting...showcasing some of the most fascinating characters ever to gather on the same stage."--Margot Peters, The New York Times Book Review "One of the delights of Belford's work is that it is studded with rapidly drawn and vivid portraits."--Penelope Mesic, Chicago Tribune "Belford achieved a goal Count Dracula appreciates. She has restored Bram Stoker to life in the ordinary world."--Jules Wagman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Organized and written with formidable intelligence, her interpretation of Dracula [is] threaded skillfully into the narrative of Stoker's life."--Ian McIntyre, London Timesshow more

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