- By Gary Schmidgall

The Stranger Wilde: Interpreting Oscar

  • Title: The Stranger Wilde: Interpreting Oscar
  • Author: Gary Schmidgall
  • ISBN: 9780452271579
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Stranger Wilde Interpreting Oscar As provocative and unconventional as Wilde himself this brilliant portrait of the celebrated wit scandalous scapegoat and writer of genius is the first book to explore sexual orientation as the key

    As provocative and unconventional as Wilde himself, this brilliant portrait of the celebrated wit, scandalous scapegoat, and writer of genius is the first book to explore sexual orientation as the key to understanding Oscar Wilde s art and life An astute study nuinely original The Boston Globe.

    1 thought on “The Stranger Wilde: Interpreting Oscar

    1. As the title would suggest, this is more an interpretation of all things Wilde than a straightforward biography. It assumes the reader has some general knowledge of Wilde's life and career. This is helpful b/c the author doesn't stick strictly to a chronological structure. I liked his kaleidoscopic approach to the material and his familiar tone (he occasionally throws in an "I think" or "in my opininon"). This reminds you that much of what your reading is subjective, but the plethora of referenc [...]

    2. Good, had some nice tidbits here and there, but rather disorganized. Not the best biography out there.

    3. Interesting but a bit rambling. The writer makes a lot of unsubstantiated claims. I'd recommend "The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde" by Neil McKenna instead.

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