The Resource The fall of the house of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and his family, Emer O'Sullivan

The fall of the house of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and his family, Emer O'Sullivan

Label
The fall of the house of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and his family
Title
The fall of the house of Wilde
Title remainder
Oscar Wilde and his family
Statement of responsibility
Emer O'Sullivan
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"It's widely known that Oscar Wilde was precociously intellectual, flamboyant, and hedonistic--but lesser so that he owed these characteristics to his parents. Oscar's mother, Lady Jane Wilde, rose to prominence as a political journalist, advocating a rebellion against colonialism in 1848. Proud, involved, and challenging, she opened a salon and was known as the most scintillating hostess of her day. She passed on her infectious delight in the art of living to Oscar, who drank it in greedily. His father, Sir William Wilde, was acutely conscious of injustices of the social order. He laid the foundations for the Celtic cultural renaissance in the belief that culture would establish a common ground between the privileged and the poor, Protestant and Catholic. But Sir William was also a philanderer, and when he stood accused of sexually assaulting a young female patient, the scandal and trial sent shockwaves through Dublin society. After his death, the Wildes decamped to London where Oscar burst irrepressibly upon the scene. The one role that didn't suit him was that of Victorian husband, as his wife, Constance, was to discover. For beneath his swelling head was a self-destructive itch: a lifelong devourer of attention, Oscar was unable to recognize when the party was over. Ultimately, his trial for indecency heralded the death of decadence--and his own. In a major repositioning of our first modern celebrity, The Fall of the House of Wilde identifies Oscar Wilde as a member of one of the most dazzling Irish American families of Victorian times, and places him in the broader social, political, and religious context. It is a fresh and perceptive account of one of the most prominent characters of the late nineteenth century."--Amazon website
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
PNX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
O'Sullivan, Emer
Dewey number
828.809
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde
  • Wilde, W. R.
  • Authors, Irish
  • Women revolutionaries
  • Revolutionaries
  • Physicians
Label
The fall of the house of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and his family, Emer O'Sullivan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 445-476) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xii, 495 pages
Isbn
9781608199877
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)958881060
  • 1219592
  • (OCoLC)ocn958881060
Label
The fall of the house of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and his family, Emer O'Sullivan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 445-476) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xii, 495 pages
Isbn
9781608199877
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)958881060
  • 1219592
  • (OCoLC)ocn958881060

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