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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Probably the best researched work of non-fiction I've read in years; it's a door stopper, so don't pick this up lightly. Read full review

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This book was hard going at times due to the subject matter, but definitely worthwhile. The book is detailed (some details are hard to read) but McKennna has organized the subject matter in such a way ... Read full review

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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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