The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde by Joseph Pearce

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Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, Oscar Wilde, the great poet, satirist and playwright, is hailed today, in some circles, as a "progressive" sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. His actions and pretensions did not bring him happiness and fulfillment. This study of Wilde's brilliant and tragic life goes beyond the mistakes that brought him notoriety in order to explore this emotional and spiritual search.

Unlike any other biography of Wilde, it strips away these pretensions to show the real man, his aspirations and desires. It uncovers how he was broken by his two-year prison sentence; it probes the deeper thinking behind masterpieces such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” and “De Profundis”; and it traces his fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion.

Published on the 150th anniversary of his birth, this biography removes the masks which have confused previous biographers and reveals the real Wilde beneath the surface. Once again, Joseph Pearce has written a profound, wide-ranging study with many original insights on a great literary figure.

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Pearce is the highly acclaimed literary biographer of many famous Christian writers.
Published August 1, 2009 by Ignatius Press. 413 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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This latest contribution to the spate of centenary Wilde studies discusses the importance of religion, specifically Catholicism, in the author’s life and work—from Jane Francesca Wilde’s impulsive baptism of her two sons to Wilde’s own deathbed conversion.

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