A fascinating tale, told with style. I have been looking forward to this book for a very long time and it really doesnât disappoint. Itâs fast paced and very readable. There is lots of interesting detail for those who know Wilde well, particularly in the footnotes, which are absolutely riveting. (This is from someone who rarely reads footnotes.)Matthew Sturgis is particularly strong on the turning points in Oscarâs life when heâs making new friends and networking, for example when he came to London from Oxford and holds âTea…
A Magnificent biography of Oscar Wilde This is the first major Wilde biography in over thirty years to really challenge Richard Ellmannâs 1987 masterpiece.Matthew Sturgis has carried out detailed research focusing on new and previously unused materials to bring something new to the vast body of work on Wilde. During his research he discovered some 60 new letters and was able to delve deep into the archives rather than just repeating the well-established stories and themes. This gives the work a fresh feel. The book is…
Matthew Sturgis does it again! Read MS’ super biography of Aubrey Beardsley and his excellent study of English decadence, “Passionate Attitudes”. So I was really looking forward to reading this. His previous works were in the must have category. But this is even better. Excellent work, adding additional details to a supposedly well known story. Definitely the greatest Oscar biography. A worthy addition to an bookshelf. Deserves 10 stars really. Miss this at your peril.
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