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The Life of Oscar Wilde [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Hesketh Pearson , Simon Russell Beale


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.; abridged edition edition (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626340681
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626340684
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 12.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 213 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,005,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The remarkable and tragic story of Oscar Wilde, legendary wit and conversationalist, author of perhaps the most perfect comedy in the English language, yet seemingly doomed by his own flawed temperament.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, sympathetic, authoritative. June 10 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the book that helped resurrect the reputation of one of the most tragic figures in English literature. When this book was originally published, Wilde was nowhere near the iconic figure he is now accepted as. Dying in poverty and disgrace in 1900 in Paris, (where all "bad" Englishmen went in the 19th century!) Wilde was still anathema to the "Establishment" for close to a half century afterward. Today, a bust stands in Westminster Abbey, and Hesketh Pearson's biography can claim a good measure of the credit for it.
Comprehensive, detailed and sympathetic without being hagiographic, this book is essential to understanding the enigmatic genius of Oscar Wilde.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Life of Oscar Wilde June 2 2008
By F H Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was given as a gift to me and although being not the only biography of Mr Wilde that I own it is definately one of the most comprehensive. It has an easily structured layout and a highly detailed reconstruction of the great writer's life; this is recommended to any fan of Oscar Wilde who doesn't know all that there is but wishes to learn it from a totally different point of view. It can at times be slightly prejudiced and the reader must remember the time in which it was written. However this does not detract from the book and should be enjoyed by any fan, giving in its outdated view an insight into the changes undergone in the last 100 years to the appreciation of his life and work. Enjoy Reading.

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