Wilde'S Women: How Oscar Wilde Was Shaped By The Women He Knew

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  • Publish Date: 2016-01-19
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Eleanor Fitzsimons

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Silver-medal Winner of the 2018 IPPY award for Biography

A fresh, revealing, and entertaining account of the most notorious figure of his age and the women who inspired him.

Oscar Wilde famously insisted that there should be no law for anybody, and his devotion to personal liberty made him a staunch defender of gender equality. Women were central to his life and career.

Wilde's Women is the first book to tell the story of the female family members, friends, and colleagues who traded witticisms with Wilde, who gave him access to vital publicity, and to whose ideas he gave expression through his social comedies.

In this essential new work, Eleanor Fitzsimons reframes Wilde's story and his legacy through the women in his life, including such scintillating figures as Florence Balcombe; actress Lillie Langtry; and his tragic and witty niece, Dolly, who, like Wilde, loved fast cars, cocaine, and foreign women. Fresh revealing, and entertaining, full of fascinating detail and anecdotes, Wilde's Women relates the untold story of how a beloved writer and libertine played a vitally sympathetic role on behalf of many women, and how they supported him in the midst of a Victorian society in the process of changing forever.

24 Black-And-White Illustrations

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