In this long-awaited bioraphy, Wilde the legendary Victorian - brilliant writer and conversationalist, reckless flouter of social and sexual conventions - is brought to life. More astute and forbearing, yet more fallible than legend has allowed, Wilde is given here the dimensions of a modern hero. Based on fresh material from many hitherto-untapped sources, Ellmann depicts Wilde's comet-like ascent on the Victorian scene and his equally dramatic sudden eclipse. His Irish background, the actresses to whom he paid court, his unfortunate wife and lovers, his clothes, coiffures, and the decor of his rooms - all are presented here in vivid detail. The saga of his 1882 American tour is recounted with a wealth of new details; also his later impact on the bastions of the French literary establishment. The London of the Nineties, of Whistler and the Pre-Raphaelites, Lillie Langtry and the Prince of Wales, is evoked alongside Paris of the "belle epoque" and the Greece, Italy and North Africa of Wilde's travels. Ellmann's definitive critical account of Wilde's entire oeuvre shows him as the proponent of a radical new aesthetic who was perilously at odds with Victorian society. After his period of success and daring, the fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas is followed by exposure, imprisonment, a few wretched years abroad and death in exile. The tragic end of Wilde's life leaves the reader with a sense of compassion and grief for the protagonist. This edition make the popular and best selling biography available in paperback for the first time.
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Buchbeschreibung Penguin UK, 28.07.1988., 1988. Buchzustand: Gut. Auflage: New edition. 656 Seiten Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 518 19,6 x 13,0 x 3,4 cm, Taschenbuch. Artikel-Nr. 38216
Buchbeschreibung Penguin Books, London, 1988. Original softcover. 13 x 20cm. London, Penguin Books, 1988. 13 x 20cm. XIV, 632 pages, with 63 photographs. Original softcover. Excellent condition, other than some discolouration to inner cover. Ellman's biography of Oscar Wilde won a Pulitzer Prize. Capturing the warmhearted and generous spirit of the legendary wit, he examined Wilde's ascent to literary prominence and his public downfall. Posthumously he won both a U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award in 1988 and the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. The book was the basis for the 1997 film Wilde, directed by Brian Gilbert. It is considered to be the definitive work on the subject. Ray Monk, a philosopher and biographer, described Ellmann's Oscar Wilde as a "rich, fascinating biography that succeeds in understanding another person". [Wikipedia] Appendices include a list of all published works by Oscar Wilde's parents, Sir William and Lady Wilde, a guide to Oscar Wilde's manner of speaking, and a selected bibliography. Sprache: English Excellent condition, other than some discolouration to inner cover. Artikel-Nr. 90711AB