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Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance by Gyles Brandreth
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Mar 12, 2011

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Read from March 12 to 20, 2011

Liked this book, but have some misgivings, qualms about it. First, I know very little about Oscar Wilde. I don’t know where truth was spoken or where literary license took hold in the book. I do know that Oscar Wilde went to jail for his sexuality. I also think that he was basically penniless when he died and his supposed friends had abandoned him. (At least, I believe this to be true.). These “facts” put a pall over the book for me. While Oscar was very witty and often funny in this book, I just couldn’t seem to forget his sad end in real life.

There are several “real” people in this book, besides Oscar Wilde. How true the characters are to the real people, I do not know. Arthur Conan Doyle is a fairly major character and it is hinted that Oscar was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes’ older brother, Mycroft. I have no clue if this is true.

Despite qualms and ignorance, in the end this was a good book.

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