Oscar Wilde is today recognised as an inspired and charismatic thinker ahead of his time, his works are beloved around the world. But it was not always so. Packed with extraordinary new evidence and gripping social history, Making Oscar Wilde takes the reader behind the scenes to reveal the secret story of his self-creation in Victorian England and post-Civil War America. It brings to life the vanished story of the charming young Irishman who set out to captivate the United States and Britain with his words, and ended up conquering the world.
Michèle Mendelssohn’s years of research enable her to recreate a spectacular panorama played out on both sides of the Atlantic, painting a vivid picture of sensation-hungry journalists, showmen, and popular entertainers alongside racial controversies, sex scandals, and the rising power of Irish nationalism.
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