Son of Oscar Wilde (2020)

Son of Oscar Wilde Vyvyan Holland Merlin Holland Son of Oscar Wilde With its thirty three previously unpublished Oscar Wilde letters and its poignant recollections of a man as spontaneous humane and sincere as he was prodigiously witty Vyvyan Holland s memoir of hi
  • Title: Son of Oscar Wilde
  • Author: Vyvyan Holland Merlin Holland
  • ISBN: 9780786707010
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
Son of Oscar Wilde Vyvyan Holland Merlin Holland With its thirty three previously unpublished Oscar Wilde letters and its poignant recollections of a man as spontaneous, humane, and sincere as he was prodigiously witty, Vyvyan Holland s memoir of his famous father has come to be regarded as a biographical classic in Wildean studies Sharply observed, vivid, and dispassionate, it offers not only an unforgettable portraitWith its thirty three previously unpublished Oscar Wilde letters and its poignant recollections of a man as spontaneous, humane, and sincere as he was prodigiously witty, Vyvyan Holland s memoir of his famous father has come to be regarded as a biographical classic in Wildean studies Sharply observed, vivid, and dispassionate, it offers not only an unforgettable portrait of Wilde himself, his circle of friends, and his band of persecutors, but also a touching chronicle of Holland s own childhood, of the loneliness he experienced as the son of a remarkable, notorious father and of his emergence from the shadows of cruel injustice and dark scandal Fascinating for the light it sheds on Wilde s Oxford days and on his domestic life Atlantic Monthly A strange chronicle of considerable literary value New Yorker Mr Holland s vivid glimpses of the aftermath of that cause c l bre of the Nineties do a valuable service of his father s memory Saturday Review An essential addition to Wildeana by a witness uniquely qualified to testify Library Journal A biographical tour de force Observer
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  1. Chrissey

    Okay Everyone surely knows by now that I LOVE Oscar Wilde No one writes like he did He was one of a kind But that does not change the fact that his life brought a lot of misery to his family Not that he meant it to, but still it did This book was written by his son and brings a great new perspective to the story of O.W His children were never allowed to have a proper childhood, having to hide their identity and living in constant fear that someone, anyone, would find out who they really were It [...]

  2. Alex Sarll

    A book I somehow didn t know existed until I found it in Bridport Oxfam On one level, it is necessarily not far from the misery memoir field the edition above not mine even has the obligatory sepia child But for all the occasional note of whininess, this is someone from an earlier generation less prone to complaining, which makes his complaints far interesting The thuggishness of old public schools, the hypocrisy of the late Victorians and Edwardians we take these things for granted now, but a [...]

  3. Ana B

    Nowadays it feels like Oscar Wilde and I are engaged in a never ending game of tag a game in which I always seem to be It , tirelessly chasing after him while he constantly escapes my grasp, urging me to run a little faster, a little further, mocking me when I triumphantly exclaim This is it I ve got him only to be met with thin air and another layer of humanity staring me right in the face Because that s the thing about Oscar we re on a first name basis by now , he s filled to the brim with raw [...]

  4. Jennifer

    GREAT BOOK I loved it for its window into the world of family and Oscar Wilde Even if you are not a fan what kind of person ARE you this book is incredibly interesting for providing life for a boy growin up in the Victorian era, and the way of life at the time however, this has got to be the MOST depressing book I have ever read I mean that sincerely I think the most important thing I took away from the book was hearing from a man s perspective what it was really like to live without your family [...]

  5. Ogier

    Fascinating account mainly from the perspective of a boy, of life in what is called Le Belle Epoque as we follow the painful transition of the sons of Oscar Wilde from pampered progeny of one of the most gifted artists of his day to the ignominy of having to remove their name tags from their clothes to be replaced my an unfamiliar surname in a foreign land Such was the revulsion of their class to the homosexual lifestyle of their father that in their first abode after leaving England, a Swiss ho [...]

  6. Kate

    This was a very interesting book, but sad It is terrible that his mother s family was so prejudice that they tried to hard to separate the sons from their father Years later of course it was declared that Wilde should never have been prosecuted He simply became a cat s paw to a father who hated his son and a son that was totally unbalanced Not to mention having no understanding at all of how he ruined so many lives with his selfish behavior Frankly son and father deserved each other Another aspe [...]

  7. Chris

    I read this book before I ever read a biography of Oscar Wilde I knew the outline of the story but not all the facts This books illustrates how Wilde s trial effected his family For instance, the auction of Wilde s belongings to pay costs included his wife s books and his children s toys Holland stands up for both his mother and his father, and focuses on pre trial and post trial life for the family He includes childhood stories, the fight of the sword cane with Cyril is told wonderfully Holland [...]

  8. Linda

    Quite an eye opener while I knew that Oscar Wilde was imprisoned etc because of his homosexuality, I did not realize the devastation on his family Wilde s son, Vyvyan tells how his identity was stripped and he had to leave the country, growing up in a variety of schools with harsh environments.

  9. Keith

    I always was fascinated of the writings of Oscar Wilde, and his public life as wellThis book, by his son, is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the life of Oscar Wilde

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