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In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably.
Up until the conviction of her husband Oscar for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged place in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children’s author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women’s rights. Mrs. Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right. But that spring Constance’s entire life was eclipsed by scandal.
Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. Changing her name, she lived in exile until her death. Franny Moyle now tells Constance’s story with a fresh eye and remarkable new material. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the most poignant narrative of fin-de-siecle London and the Aesthetic Movement.
"Ms. Moyle is a strong advocate for her subject. She notes that Oscar's fairy tales center on themes of devotion and self-sacrifice, themes by which Constance lived her life." The Wall Street Journal
"An illuminating biography." Colm Toibin
"Riveting. Moyle captures vividly the texture and color of this vital world." London Review of Books
"Powerful, absorbing and, well, rather jolly." Independent on Sunday
The most poignant narrative of fin-de-siecle London: the story of Constance and Oscar Wilde's glittering life and tragic downfall.
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