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The Invention of Oscar Wilde

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Author: Nicholas FrankelBrand: Reaktion BooksEdition: AnnotatedBinding: HardcoverNumber Of Pages: 248Release Date: 17-05-2021Details: Product Description #8216;Oscar the man, Oscar the life, Oscar the tragedy, Oscar the standard bearer for art, Irishness, queerness, intellect and wit we all know. But there is Oscar the idea too: the symbol, the representative, the totem,...

Author: Nicholas Frankel

Brand: Reaktion Books

Edition: Annotated

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 248

Release Date: 17-05-2021

Details: Product Description #8216;Oscar the man, Oscar the life, Oscar the tragedy, Oscar the standard bearer for art, Irishness, queerness, intellect and wit we all know. But there is Oscar the idea too: the symbol, the representative, the totem, the global icon which looms above the other identities. It is an identity whose construction Wilde himself began, but on which subsequent generations build. There is no one better to unwrap the mystery and challenge of this Oscar than Frankel, whose previous work has already established him as one of the world's foremost Wildeans. This book is such an invaluable and permanent addition to the literature.#8217; #8211; Stephen Fry #8216;Gay icon, influencer, playwright, wit: there are many Oscar Wildes, and in this sympathetic and fast-paced biography Frankel captures them all. It is the perfect introduction to a writer who not only invented himself but also helped to create the modern world.#8217; #8211; Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author of The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland and Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist#8216;One should either wear a work or art, or be a work of art#8217;, Wilde once declared. In The Invention of Oscar Wilde, Nicholas Frankel explores Wilde#8217;s self-creation as a #8216;work of art#8217; and a carefully constructed cultural icon. Frankel takes readers on a journey through Wilde#8217;s inventive, provocative life, from his Irish origins #8211; and their public erasure #8211; through his challenges to traditional concepts of masculinity and male sexuality, to his criminal conviction and final years of exile in France. Along the way, Frankel takes a deep look at Wilde#8217;s writings, paradoxical wit and intellectual convictions, as well as his marriage and affairs with a series of attractive young men, including his great love Lord Alfred Douglas. This is a compelling account of Wilde#8217;s life and influence on both Victorian Britain and twentieth-century culture. Review #8216;Gay icon, influencer, playwright, wit: there are many Oscar Wildes, and in this sympathetic and fast-paced biography Frankel captures them all. It is the perfect introduction to a writer who not only invented himself but also helped to create the modern world.#8217; --Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author of The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland and Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist #8216;Oscar the man, Oscar the life, Oscar the tragedy, Oscar the standard bearer for art, Irishness, queerness, intellect and wit we all know. But there is Oscar the idea too: the symbol, the representative, the totem, the global icon which looms above the other identities. It is an identity whose construction Wilde himself began, but on which subsequent generations build. There is no one better to unwrap the mystery and challenge of this Oscar than Frankel, whose previous work has already established him as one of the world's foremost Wildeans. This book is such an invaluable and permanent addition to the literature.#8217; --Stephen Fry About the Author Nicholas Frankel is Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author or editor of many books about Oscar Wilde, including The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated Uncensored Edition.

Package Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches

Languages: English

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