Wilde's Women by Eleanor Fitzsimons
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ISBN
9780715649367
Date Released
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
320
Dimensions
156 x 234mm
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A fresh, revealing and entertaining account of the most influential writer of his age and the women who inspired him.

Hailed as a gay icon and pioneer of individualism, Oscar Wilde's insistence that 'there should be no law for anybody' made him a staunch defender of gender equality. Throughout his life from his relationship to his extraordinary mother Jane and the tragedy of his sister Isola's early death to his accomplished wife Constance and a coterie of other free-thinking writers, actors and artists, women were a central aspect of his life and career. Wilde's Women is the first book to tell the story of his female friends and colleagues who traded witticisms with Wilde but also give him access to vital publicity and w hose ideas he gave expression through his social comedies.

Author Eleanor Fitzsimons reframes Wilde's story and his legacy through the w omen in his life including such fascinating figures as Florence Balcombe who left him for Bram Stoker, actress Lillie Langtry (for a while an inseparable friend) and his tragic and w itty niece Dolly who bore a strong resemblance to the writer and loved fast cars, cocaine and foreign women. Full of fascinating detail and anecdotes Wilde's Women relates the untold story of how the writer 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.
ISBN:
9780715649367
Publication Date:
01 / 12 / 2015
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
156 x 234mm

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