The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde

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Basic Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 539 pages
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Neil McKenna focuses on the tormented genius of Wilde's personal life, reproducing remarkable love letters and detailing Wilde's until-now unknown relationships with other men. McKenna has spent years researching Wilde's life, drawing on extensive new material, including never-before published poems as well as recently discovered trial statements made by male prostitutes and blackmailers about Wilde. McKenna provides explosive evidence of the political machinations behind Wilde's trials for sodomy, as well as his central role in the burgeoning gay world of Victorian London. Dazzlingly written and meticulously researched, 'The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde' fully charts Wilde's astonishing odyssey through London's sexual underworld and paints a frank and vivid psychological portrait of a troubled genius.

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User Review  - Aitziber - Goodreads

It is quite difficult for me to make out which parts of this biography are facts, and which are one-line historical records enlarged to full-blown scenes by McKenna's prurient pen. I like that this ... Read full review

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McKenna is trying to redress what he might be correct in seeing as our blinkered view of Wilde's sexuality and its role in his life and writing. But in doing so he has painted Wilde more as a ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Neil McKenna is an award-winning British journalist who has written for the Independent, the Observer, the Guardian, and the New Statesman. He is the author of On the Margins: Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Developing World. He lives in London.

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