Oscar: A Life (Large Softcover)

The fullest, most textural, most accurate–most human–account of Oscar Wilde’s unique and dazzling life–based on extensive new research and newly discovered materials, from Wilde’s personal letters and transcripts of his first trial to newly uncovered papers of his early romantic (and dangerous) escapades and the two-year prison term that shattered his soul and his life.

Simply the best modern biography of Wilde. –Evening Standard

Drawing on material that has come to light in the past thirty years, including newly discovered letters, documents, first draft notebooks, and the full transcript of the libel trial, Matthew Sturgis meticulously portrays the key events and influences that shaped Oscar Wilde’s life, returning the man to his times, and to the facts, giving us Wilde’s own experience as he experienced it.

Here, fully and richly portrayed, is Wilde’s Irish childhood; a dreamy, aloof boy; a stellar classicist at boarding school; a born entertainer with a talent for comedy and a need for an audience; his years at Oxford, a brilliant undergraduate punctuated by his reckless disregard for authority . . . his arrival in London, in 1878, already noticeable everywhere . . . his ten-year marriage to Constance Lloyd, the father of two boys; Constance unwittingly welcoming young men into the household who became Oscar’s lovers, and dying in exile at the age of thirty-nine . . . Wilde’s development as a playwright. . . becoming the high priest of the aesthetic movement; his successes . . . his celebrity. . . and in later years, his irresistible pull toward another–double–life, in flagrant defiance and disregard of England’s strict sodomy laws (the blackmailer’s charter); the tragic story of his fall that sent him to prison for two years at hard labor, destroying his life and shattering his soul.

R45.00

1 in stock

1 in stock

Author: Matthew Sturgis

Format: Large Softcover

Condition: Very good

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Delivery within 3 – 4 working days to your door.

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We will send your package to the nearest locker of your choice.

Collection

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Description of book condition:

Description of book condition:

New – Brand new and unread book.

As New – A secondhand book that can easily pass for a new one.

Very Good – Book is in great condition with only a minor blemish here and there.

Good – Book shows visible reading wear but nothing serious.

Fair – Book shows clear and more significant wear, especially on the cover, but is still solid and intact.

Worn – Book shows severe wear and tear while still being intact (commonly known as a “reading copy”). Worn books are still good perfect for a good read, all pages will be intact with none threatening to fall out.

 

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Nuut – ‘n Nuwe, ongeleesde boek.

Soos Nuut – ‘n Tweedehandse boek wat nog maklik vir ‘n nuwe een kan deurgaan,

Baie Goed – Die boek wys minimale verweer,

Goed – Die boek wys sigbare verweer, maar niks ernstigs nie.

Redelik – Die boek wys duidelike leesverweer, veral op die omslag, maar is steeds stewig en heel.

Verweerd – Die boek wys ernstige verweer, maar is steeds heel en heeltemal leesbaar (ons noem dit ‘n “leeskopie”). Geen bladsye is los nie.

Book Formats

Paperback: Mass market paperback, roughly 180mm x 110mm

Medium Softcover: Larger paperback, roughly 200mm x 130mm

Large Softcover: also called a “Trade Paperback”, roughly 235mm x 155mm

Medium Hardcover: Hardcover book, roughly 200mm x 130mm

Large Hardcover: Hardcover book, roughly 235mm x 155mm

 

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Oscar: A Life (Large Softcover)

R45.00

1 in stock

1 in stock

Author: Matthew Sturgis

Format: Large Softcover

Condition: Very good

The fullest, most textural, most accurate–most human–account of Oscar Wilde’s unique and dazzling life–based on extensive new research and newly discovered materials, from Wilde’s personal letters and transcripts of his first trial to newly uncovered papers of his early romantic (and dangerous) escapades and the two-year prison term that shattered his soul and his life.

Simply the best modern biography of Wilde. –Evening Standard

Drawing on material that has come to light in the past thirty years, including newly discovered letters, documents, first draft notebooks, and the full transcript of the libel trial, Matthew Sturgis meticulously portrays the key events and influences that shaped Oscar Wilde’s life, returning the man to his times, and to the facts, giving us Wilde’s own experience as he experienced it.

Here, fully and richly portrayed, is Wilde’s Irish childhood; a dreamy, aloof boy; a stellar classicist at boarding school; a born entertainer with a talent for comedy and a need for an audience; his years at Oxford, a brilliant undergraduate punctuated by his reckless disregard for authority . . . his arrival in London, in 1878, already noticeable everywhere . . . his ten-year marriage to Constance Lloyd, the father of two boys; Constance unwittingly welcoming young men into the household who became Oscar’s lovers, and dying in exile at the age of thirty-nine . . . Wilde’s development as a playwright. . . becoming the high priest of the aesthetic movement; his successes . . . his celebrity. . . and in later years, his irresistible pull toward another–double–life, in flagrant defiance and disregard of England’s strict sodomy laws (the blackmailer’s charter); the tragic story of his fall that sent him to prison for two years at hard labor, destroying his life and shattering his soul.

Delivery Options

Build a Bundle

To save on shipping you can buy books and when you are ready, you pay for the shipping and we send all your books at once.

Paxi (Pep to Pep)

Standard Bag R60: delivery within 7 – 9 days to a Pep near you.

Aramex Courier

Delivery within 3 – 4 working days to your door.

Pudo (Locker to Locker)

We will send your package to the nearest locker of your choice.

Collection

Collect your package in Silverton, Pretoria East.

Description of book condition:

Description of book condition:

New – Brand new and unread book.

As New – A secondhand book that can easily pass for a new one.

Very Good – Book is in great condition with only a minor blemish here and there.

Good – Book shows visible reading wear but nothing serious.

Fair – Book shows clear and more significant wear, especially on the cover, but is still solid and intact.

Worn – Book shows severe wear and tear while still being intact (commonly known as a “reading copy”). Worn books are still good perfect for a good read, all pages will be intact with none threatening to fall out.

 

Beskrywing van boeke se toestand:

Nuut – ‘n Nuwe, ongeleesde boek.

Soos Nuut – ‘n Tweedehandse boek wat nog maklik vir ‘n nuwe een kan deurgaan,

Baie Goed – Die boek wys minimale verweer,

Goed – Die boek wys sigbare verweer, maar niks ernstigs nie.

Redelik – Die boek wys duidelike leesverweer, veral op die omslag, maar is steeds stewig en heel.

Verweerd – Die boek wys ernstige verweer, maar is steeds heel en heeltemal leesbaar (ons noem dit ‘n “leeskopie”). Geen bladsye is los nie.

Book Formats

Paperback: Mass market paperback, roughly 180mm x 110mm

Medium Softcover: Larger paperback, roughly 200mm x 130mm

Large Softcover: also called a “Trade Paperback”, roughly 235mm x 155mm

Medium Hardcover: Hardcover book, roughly 200mm x 130mm

Large Hardcover: Hardcover book, roughly 235mm x 155mm

 

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