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Oscar's Books

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An entirely new kind of biography, Oscar's Books explores the personality of Oscar Wilde through his reading. It argues that reading exercised a formative influence on Wilde's character and was the inspiration for his own writings.

Oscar's Books tells the story of Wilde's "long and lovely" life in a way that is fresh and engaging, from his childhood in Dublin, where he was
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Chatto & Windus
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This literary biography about Oscar Wilde is a brilliant, touching and original portrait of Wilde, exploring in great depth his staggering reading habits and his outlandish personality and lifestyle.

The research behind this book is astounding, as is the love which Wright clearly has for his subject. Throughout the book he manages to strike a balance between devotion and truth, and he makes a convincing case of how Wilde’s life, to a large extent, imitated the books he read and those he wrote, m
Jul 09, 2015 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, reviewed
If Peter Ackroyd's selective, deep-focus analysis of the most notable works of William Blake made for the most compelling moments in his biography of the greatest artist of the dawn of 1800s, one can't quite help but wonder; how might the same (or even nominally similar) approach have coloured Thomas Wright's exploration of greatest artist at the century's twilight?

As Wright introduces us to the child fated to be known as Saint Oscar, it actually appears as if a literal, revelatory look into the
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This is a splendid book about Oscar Wilde - stylish, idiosyncratic and full of insight, much like its subject. Thomas Wright is a character who has strayed from a story Borges may have written - an obsessive Wilde-phile who has conceived the ambition to read every book Wilde ever read, and to amass a duplicate of Wilde's own book collection, either acquiring Wilde's own books where possible or books we know he read in the editions he must have owned.

But these revelations are left for last, afte
Dec 28, 2012 Bronwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Oscar’s Books, Thomas Wright takes us through the life of Oscar Wilde, via the jewelled prism of his “golden books”.

For the burgeoning Wildean, this volume contains interesting facts, notes, thoughts and theories about the books that Wilde was known to be fond of, although it is worth noting that Wilde’s connection to a few books is supposed, rather than confirmed. This is not to the detriment of the book however, as throughout the tome we are encouraged to see Wilde as a creator and refiner
Dec 28, 2012 Annett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful and finely written book about Oscar Wilde's books and how they influenced his life and work. From various sources, Thomas Wright reconstructs Oscar's shelves and reading and along these lines (literally) tells his life and story. From being exposed to rather bookish and passionate parents to discovering life through his books and using literature to woo his lovers, he constructs a new biography of Oscar Wilde that is new even to those well versed in the author's work and the story of ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Gabriela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A surprising new way to know Wilde, his life through his library. But this is also a book to understand how a wonderful and special relation Oscar lived through his books.
I've enjoyed every single page from the beginning to the end.
Jul 11, 2014 Acacia rated it it was amazing
A creative and interesting look into the life of Oscar Wilde. This work examines how Wilde's life was a product of his reading. It is unlike any biography I have ever read before, exceedingly entertaining, and an excellent source of further intellectual reading.
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Feb 04, 2016 Sandra Brown rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book, it's made me want to get out Dorian Gray and re-read it and dig out my dvds of his plays to watch again.
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Oct 15, 2014 Sarah Kingston rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating biography told with reference to the books which shaped Oscar's life. Definitely worth a read for fans of Oscar Wilde or even just the 19th century.
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Dec 28, 2012 Peter Makai rated it it was amazing
Picked it up @ Red Bus Second Bookshopin Gerlóczy utca, tells the tale of a unique wit and an Irish bibliophile.
Aug 25, 2013 Lubna rated it really liked it
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A very nice biography , it shows us the mentality of Wilde throughout his life based on the books he read. This is an exceptionally well researched book .
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