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Son of Oscar Wilde

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
With its thirty-three previously unpublished Oscar Wilde letters and its poignant recollections of a man as spontaneous, humane, and sincere as he was prodigiously witty, Vyvyan Holland's memoir of his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 portrait ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Da Capo Press (first published 1954)
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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 more interesting. The thuggishness of old public schools, the hypocrisy of the late Victorians and Edwardians - we take these things for grante ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Chrissey rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 11, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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 you ...more
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Jan 12, 2017 Ana B rated it it was amazing
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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 bri ...more
Dec 04, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
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. Anothe ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Ogier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 h ...more
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Jun 10, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
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.
Apr 20, 2012 Keith rated it it was amazing
I always was fascinated of the writings of Oscar Wilde, and his public life as well..This book, by his son, is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the life of Oscar Wilde!!
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