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The Wilde Album: Public and Private Images of Oscar Wilde


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ISBN13: 9780805058949
ISBN10: 080505894x
Condition: Standard
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The most comprehensive collection of photographs and images of Wilde--compiled by his only grandson.

Oscar Wilde was one of the first and unquestionably one of the greatest self-publicists who ever lived. With that exceptional streak of modernity that characterized much of his life and work, he understood the power of the image in his campaign to promote the self. As early as his Oxford days, he had himself photographed with his contemporaries in loud checked suits of the latest fashion. The Wilde Album now publishes more of these images of Oscar than have ever been seen together before, as well as later photographs, some previously unpublished, from the family archive, including rare snapshots of Oscar in his last years in Italy; the famous sitting in New York for Napoleon Sarony in fur coat and velvet suit; and the good, the bad, and the vicious caricatures, cartoons, and lithographs.

In the accompanying text, Merlin Holland examines Wilde's life as reflected in the photographs and images, paying particular attention to his relationships with friends, family, and lovers, as well as the profound influence of his Irish upbringing. He also investigates the reasons for the adverse opinions his work engered and the background to the famous legal battles that finally led to imprisonment and exile.

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Replete with some never-before published photos of Wilde, relatives, admirers, and his accuser Queensberry, along with caricatures and other memorabilia, this is a family album presented by the writer's only grandson--Holland being adopted as the family name after the aesthete's notorious 1895 conviction for "gross indecency."
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About the Author

Merlin Holland is a journalist and has spent the last twenty years researching his grandfather's life. He lives in London with his wife and son.

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Lindsay Waite, August 17, 2012 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
Oscare Wilde's grandson spent two decades researching Wilde's life. One result - this book. It is truly an insider's look at this controversial man and includes an amazing collection of photos, caricatures, and posters. There's also a double-page image of a watercolor painted by Wilde in 1876 , a beautiful blend of blues and greens (inserts between page 16 and 17). His love of fashion, and his focus on the importance of image, is apparent in the number of posed shots. But oh...his words: ""The little note of individualism that makes dress delightful can only be attained nowadays by the colour and treatment of the flower that one wears." page 145. This is an amazing album, and anyone wanting a personal look at Wilde's life should check out this little gem.
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Product Details

Public and Private Images of Oscar Wilde
Holland, Merlin
Holland, Merlin
Henry Holt and Co.
New York :
Historical - British
Photo Essays
Wilde, Oscar
Authors, irish
Authors, Irish -- 19th century -- Biography.
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
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Publication Date:
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7.23x5.38x.71 in. .80 lbs.

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