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Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders by Gyles Brandreth
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Dec 14, 11

Read in September, 2011

There were aspects of this book (I listened to the audio edition - very well narrated) I liked quite a bit. I loved the inclusion of Arthur Conan Doyle and Wilde's interest in his fictional detective. I liked Wilde's affection for his wife and children, and his fey interest in Beauty wherever it is found. What I *did not* like (and it ended up as a deal killer) was the revisionist aspect that made Oscar Wilde a heterosexual, and all the attitudes of shame, pity, etc, etc for any other orientation that came with it.

I cannot think of *any* reason one would claim Wilde was not gay, other than one considers there is something wrong with it as a way of being, and I am quite simply not okay with that attitude.

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