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The Life of Oscar Wilde
Hesketh Pearson
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The Life of Oscar Wilde

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The remarkable and tragic story of Oscar Wilde, legendary wit and conversationalist, author of perhaps the most perfect comedy in the English language, yet seemingly doomed by his own flawed temperament to suffer at the hands of a censorious and hypocritical society...

Music: Widor, Curzon, Dvorák, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Chabrier

Hardcover, 399 pages
Published September 13th 1978 by Greenwood Press (first published 1946)
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Jul 06, 2016 Danne rated it really liked it
very interesting, the author has really done his research, interviews with close friends etc, lot of things here that i didnt know
May 17, 2014 Johita0310 rated it it was amazing
lo amo <3
May 26, 2013 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew next to nothing about Oscar Wilde when I started this. This is a great audio, very enlightening as well as easy to listen to. It is really not that long and parts actually made me laugh out loud.

He was certainly one of a kind. Some of the clever things he said would make great little plaques or just a bunch of sticky notes through out the house. It has inspired me to go on and read some of his works.

P.S. Found book on Kindle called Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom for 98 cents.
Thom Dunn
STAND-IN: THIS TITLE, Oscar Wilde: His Life and Wit was published originally in 1946, here in a "Genuine UNIVERAL Library" pb. First sentence of Prologue: "Early in January 1943, I mentioned to Bernard Shaw that I wished to write a Life of Oscar Wilde".
May 26, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it
Very readable biography.
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Hesketh Pearson was born in Worcestershire, England. He went on the stage in 1911, a career which was interrupted by World War I, during which time he began to write for his own amusement. Returning to the stage, he acted in many London productions and in 1930 played in several cities in America.

When not acting Mr. Pearson was writing, and his first biography, that of his ancestor Dr. Erasmus Da
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