Oscar Wilde

A Biography

Author: André Gide,Bernard Frechtman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780806529707

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 50

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Gide, in this first English translation, defended a poet named Oscar Wilde when other poets threatened to wreck Wilde s life and attempted to show that Wilde was an honorable man. Gide s personal sketches are presented in this book that are in original form. This work was written during the prime of Oscar Wilde s life. Andre Gide (1869-1951), French writer, whose novels, plays, and autobiographical works are distinguished for their exhaustive analysis of individual efforts at self-realization and Protestant ethical concepts; together with his critical works they had a profound influence on French writing and philosophy. Gide was born November 22, 1869, in Paris into a strict Protestant family and educated at the Ecole Alsacienne and the Lycee Henri IV. In his first book, Les cahiers d Andre Walter (The Notebooks of Andre Walter, 1891), Gide described the religious and romantic idealism of an unhappy young man. He then became associated with the Symbolists, but in 1894 began to develop an individualistic approach and style. In Les nourritures terrestres (The Fruits of the Earth, 1897) he preached the doctrine of active hedonism. Thereafter his works were devoted to examining the problems of individual freedom and responsibility, from many points of view. The Immoralist (1902; trans. 1930) and Strait Is the Gate (1909; trans. 1924) are studies of individual ethical concepts in conflict with conventional morality. The Caves of the Vatican (trans. 1927 and also published in English as Lafcadio s Adventures), in which Gide ridiculed the possibility of complete personal independence, appeared in 1914. The idyll La symphonie pastorale (The Pastoral Symphony, 1919; produced as a motion picture, 1947) dealt with love and responsibility. Gide examined the problems of middle-class families and of adolescence in If It Die (1920; trans. 1935) and in the popular novel of youth in Paris, The Counterfeiters (1926; trans. 1928). Gide s preoccupation with individual moral responsibility led him to seek public office. After filling municipal positions in Normandy (Normandie), he became a special envoy of the colonial ministry in 1925-26 and wrote two books describing conditions in the French African colonies. These reports, Voyage au Congo (1927) and Retour du Tchad (1927), were instrumental in bringing about reforms in French colonial law. They were published together in English as Travels in the Congo (1929). In the early 1930s Gide had expressed his admiration and hope for the experiment in the USSR, but after a journey in the Soviet Union he reported his disillusionment in Return from the U.S.S.R. (1936; trans. 1937). Many of Gide s critical studies appeared in La Nouvelle Revue Francaise, a literary periodical that he helped to found in 1909 and that became a dominant influence in French intellectual circles. These essays are principally analyses of the psychology of creative artists.
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Oscar Wilde

A Literary Life

Author: Kimberly J. Stern

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030246043

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 266

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Oscar Wilde: A Literary Life tracks the intellectual biography of one of the most influential minds of the nineteenth century. Rather than focusing on the dramatic events of Wilde’s life, this volume documents Wilde’s impressive forays into education, religion, science, philosophy, and social reform. In so doing, it provides an accessible and yet detailed account that reflects Wilde’s own commitment to the “contemplative life.” Suitable for seasoned readers as well as those new to the study of his work, Oscar Wilde: A Literary Life brings Wilde’s intellectual investments into sharp focus, while placing him within a cultural landscape that was always evolving and often fraught with contradiction.
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Oscar Wilde: A Life in Letters

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007394608

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Wilde the writer is known to us from his plays and prose fiction, but apparently it was in his conversation that his genius reached its summit. His talk is lost and his autobiography was never written, but his letters reveal him at his spontaneous, sparkling best.
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Oscar Wilde

A Life in Quotes

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Metro Publishing, Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 299

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"Do you want to know the great tragedy of my life? I have put all of myenius into my life; all I've put into my work is my talent.";"We live in ange that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.";Oscar Wildes considered to be the greatest wit in the English language; this book markshe centenary of his death in penury and exile in Paris. Barry Day charts -n Wilde's own inimitable style - his progress from the brilliant, youthfulesthete who mesmerized his audiences, to the drunken debaucher, destroyed byis own vanity and arrogance.;The book combines not only Wilde's famouspigrams ("Work is the curse of the drinking classes"), but also the wordsorn from his heart, from his letters and diaries. It is a tribute to a manho is today perhaps even more famous and admired than he was in his ownifetime.
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Oscar Wilde

A Pictorial Biography

Author: Vyvyan Beresford Holland

Publisher: London, Hudson

ISBN: N.A

Category: Authors, Irish

Page: 144

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The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde

Author: Neil McKenna

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144645682X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 736

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‘I have put my genius into my life but only my talent into my work’. So said Oscar Wilde of his remarkable life – a life more complex, more erotic, more troubled and more triumphant than any of his contemporaries ever knew or suspected. Neil McKenna’s The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde charts fully for the first time Oscar’s astonishing erotic odyssey through Victorian London’s sexual underworld. Oscar Wilde emerges as a man driven personally and creatively by his powerful desires for sex with men, and Neil McKenna argues compellingly and convincingly that Oscar’s Wilde’s life and work can only be fully understood and appreciated in terms of his sexuality. The book draws of a vast range of sources, many of them previously unpublished, and includes startling new material like the statements made to the police by the male prostitutes and blackmailers ranged against Oscar Wilde at his trial which have been lost for over a century. Dazzlingly written, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde meticulously and brilliantly reconstructs Oscar Wilde’s emotional and sexual life, painting an astonishingly frank and vivid portrait of a troubled genius who chose to martyr himself for the cause of love between men.
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Oscar Wilde

a life in letters, writings and wit

Author: Juliet Gardiner

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Conversations with Wilde

A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts

Author: Merlin Holland

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1786782383

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Imagined by Oscar Wilde's own grandson, this fictionalised conversation presents the essential biography of the poet, playwright and gay martyr. Renowned for his endlessly quotable pronouncements, Oscar Wilde cut a dashing figure in late Victorian London ... until his tragic downfall resulting from an ill-judged libel action. We remember him not only for his famous trial and imprisonment, but also for a "devil's dictionary" of timeless aphorisms and for the enduring brilliance of plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde's life resembles his early short story, "The Remarkable Rocket", which, rising from nowhere in a shower of sparks, explodes and falls to earth, exclaiming as it goes out, "I knew I should create a great sensation." Merlin Holland expertly traces the arc of his illustrious ancestor's life, from his birth in Dublin in 1854 as Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, to a brilliant career at Oxford University where his reputation for dandyish wit was first honed, through to his conquest of the drawing rooms and theatres of fashionable London, culminating in disgrace and imprisonment at the hands of the Marquess of Queensberry in the most notorious libel trial in English history. Wilde died in penury and obscurity in 1900, yet his reputation today has never been greater. This engaging and innovative short book features a concise biographical essay on Wilde's meteoric career, followed by a Q&A interview based on Wilde's own words and Merlin Holland's unrivalled knowledge of his grandfather's life, work and puckish observations. This sparkling biography does full justice to Oscar Wilde's writerly genius and irrepressible humanity. It offers readers a renewed appreciation for a man who at times scadalised his era as much as he delights our own.
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