The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family (Paperback)
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The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family (Paperback)

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'Emer O'Sullivan has made an indispensable contribution to Wildean literature ... Compelling, informative and fascinating' Stephen Fry Oscar Wilde's father - scientist, surgeon, archaeologist, writer - was one of the most eminent men of his generation. His mother - poet, journalist, translator - hosted an influential salon at 1 Merrion Square. Together they were one of Victorian Ireland's most dazzling and enlightened couples. When, in 1864, Sir William Wilde was accused of sexually assaulting a female patient, it sent shock waves through Dublin society. After his death some ten years later, Jane attempted to re-establish the family in London, where Oscar burst irrepressibly upon the scene, only to fall in a trial as public as his father's. A remarkable and perceptive account, The Fall of the House of Wilde is a major repositioning of our first modern celebrity, a man whose fall from grace marked the end of fin de siecle decadence.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408863169
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Vivid and meticulously researched ... The name of Wilde stands for "what is singular, independent-minded, and fearless". Words that also describe this splendid book *****' * Frances Wilson, Mail on Sunday *
'A valuable addition to the scholarly reclamation of the Wilde name ... The Fall of the House of Wilde does justice to the name' * Irish Times *
'O'Sullivan vividly evokes the cultural vitalities Oscar inherited from the house he was born into ... Hugely readable' * John Sutherland, The Times *
'Every era has the biography writer is deserves. The Fall of the House of Wilde presents its subject for the age of Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Gene' * Times Literary Supplement *

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