Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde

Wright, Thomas

Verlag: Henry Holt & Co., 2009
ISBN 10: 0805089934 / ISBN 13: 9780805089936
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For Wilde, as for many people, reading could be as powerful and transformative an experience as falling in love. He devoured books, talked books, luxuriated in books and lavished books on his friends- they played, too, a vital part in his seductions of young men.

Oscar's Books tells the story of Wilde's life through his reading, from his childhood in Dublin, where he was nurtured on Celtic myth, Romantic poetry and Irish folklore; through his undergraduate years in which he built his intellect out of books; to prison, where his friends supplied him with literature which saved his sanity; to his final years in Paris where he consoled himself with old favourites such as Flaubert and Balzac.

Fresh, utterly engaging and wholly original, Oscar's Books is an entirely new kind of biography.

Rezension: " Entertaining and highly original, Oscar's Books is animated by a real intellectual passion. It should be read by anyone interested in Wilde or in the art of literary biography" ( Peter Ackroyd)

"Wholly original book about reading, its comforts and its perils, an eccentric landmark in the art of literary biography" ( Mail on Sunday)

"The premise of the book is gorgeous...the book is both thorough and intriguing" ( Guardian)

"No other scholar of Wilde has succeeded so well in moving into Oscar's head" ( Irish Times)

"A remarkable new biography...the result is an original and compelling book" ( Literary Review)

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Titel: Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life...
Verlag: Henry Holt & Co.
Erscheinungsdatum: 2009
Einband: hardcover
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Wright, Thomas.
ISBN 10: 0805089934 ISBN 13: 9780805089936
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Buchbeschreibung New York :. Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover. Dustjacket. 384pp.Condition : fine. An entirely new kind of biography, Built of Books explores the mind and personality of Oscar Wilde through his taste in books.text. Condition : as new. ISBN 9780805089936[KEYWORDS: LITERARY CRITICISM, Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900). Artikel-Nr. 23008

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