Name: Conversations with Wilde-A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts (Conversations With)
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Title: Conversations with Wilde
Author: Holland, Merlin
Description: Imagined by Oscar Wilde’s own grandson, this fictionalised conversation presents the essential biography of the poet, playwright and gay martyr.
Renowned for his endlessly quotable pronouncements, Oscar Wilde cut a dashing figure in late Victorian London … until his tragic downfall resulting from an ill-judged libel action. We remember him not only for his famous trial and imprisonment, but also for a "devil’s dictionary" of timeless aphorisms and for the enduring brilliance of plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest.
Wilde’s life resembles his early short story, "The Remarkable Rocket", which, rising from nowhere in a shower of sparks, explodes and falls to earth, exclaiming as it goes out, "I knew I should create a great sensation." Merlin Holland expertly traces the arc of his illustrious ancestor’s life, from his birth in Dublin in 1854 as Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, to a brilliant career at Oxford University where his reputation for dandyish…