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The Fall of the House of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and His Family, Paperback / softback Book

The Fall of the House of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and His Family Paperback / softback


'Emer O'Sullivan has made an indispensable contribution to Wildean literature ...

Compelling, informative and fascinating' Stephen Fry Oscar Wilde's father - scientist, surgeon, archaeologist, writer - was one of the most eminent men of his generation.

His mother - poet, journalist, translator - hosted an influential salon at 1 Merrion Square.

Together they were one of Victorian Ireland's most dazzling and enlightened couples.

When, in 1864, Sir William Wilde was accused of sexually assaulting a female patient, it sent shock waves through Dublin society.

After his death some ten years later, Jane attempted to re-establish the family in London, where Oscar burst irrepressibly upon the scene, only to fall in a trial as public as his father's. A remarkable and perceptive account, The Fall of the House of Wilde is a major repositioning of our first modern celebrity, a man whose fall from grace marked the end of fin de siecle decadence.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 512 pages, 2 x 8pp B&W plates
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9781408863169

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