Constance by Franny Moyle
The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde

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...Ms. Moyle is a strong advocate for her subject. She cites manuscript evidence that suggests Constance collaborated with Oscar on "The Selfish Giant," a tale of Christian redemption.
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“Tells the poignant story of Constance in the aftermath of Wilde’s trials and imprisonment, and of her brave attempts to keep in contact with him despite her suffering.” —The Irish Times

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably. Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children’s author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women’s rights. A founding member of the magical society The Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs. Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right.
But that spring Constance’s entire life was eclipsed by scandal. Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. She lived in exile until her death.
Franny Moyle now tells Constance’s story with a fresh eye. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-siècle London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, Moyle unveils the story of a woman who was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.
 

About Franny Moyle

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Franny Moyle áhas a degree in English and History of Art from St John's College, Cambridge,áand is the author ofá Desperate Romantics . She was a leading arts producer at the BBC,áwhich culminated in her becoming the corporation's first Commissioner for Arts and Culture,áand is now a freelance writer in London.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 385 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Gay & Lesbian, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Caryn James on Mar 15 2013

Moyle reminds us that Constance, once so full of adventure and possibilities, was a sad victim of his scandal too.

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Reviewed by ALEXANDRA MULLEN on Nov 16 2012

...Ms. Moyle is a strong advocate for her subject. She cites manuscript evidence that suggests Constance collaborated with Oscar on "The Selfish Giant," a tale of Christian redemption.

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Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Dec 03 2012

Moyles opens up a new window onto Constance’s life and character, allowing us to see her strengths as well as her failures.

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