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The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family
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Emer O'Sullivan
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The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family

Emer O'Sullivan



Biography: literary;
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ;
Literary studies: plays & playwrights;
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers


512 pages

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`Emer O'Sullivan has made an indispensable contribution to Wildean literature ... Compelling, informative and fascinating' Stephen Fry Oscar Wilde's father - scientist, surgeon, archaeologist, writer - was one of the most eminent men of his generation. His mother - poet, journalist, translator - hosted an influential salon at 1 Merrion Square. Together they were one of Victorian Ireland's most dazzling and enlightened couples. When, in 1864, Sir William Wilde was accused of sexually assaulting a female patient, it sent shock waves through Dublin society. After his death some ten years later, Jane attempted to re-establish the family in London, where Oscar burst irrepressibly upon the scene, only to fall in a trial as public as his father's.

A remarkable and perceptive account, The Fall of the House of Wilde is a major repositioning of our first modern celebrity, a man whose fall from grace marked the end of fin de siecle decadence.

By:   Emer O'Sullivan
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   375g
ISBN:   9781408863169
ISBN 10:   1408863162
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Emer O'Sullivan graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, and has completed an MA in Life Writing and a PhD in Virginia Woolf's literature at UEA, where she also lectured in English Literature. This is her first book. She lives in London.

'Vivid and meticulously researched ... The name of Wilde stands for what is singular, independent-minded, and fearless . Words that also describe this splendid book *****' Frances Wilson, Mail on Sunday 'A valuable addition to the scholarly reclamation of the Wilde name ... The Fall of the House of Wilde does justice to the name' Irish Times 'O'Sullivan vividly evokes the cultural vitalities Oscar inherited from the house he was born into ... Hugely readable' John Sutherland, The Times 'Every era has the biography writer is deserves. The Fall of the House of Wilde presents its subject for the age of Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Gene' Times Literary Supplement

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