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The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde

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The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde by Neil McKenna, book reviewThe Secret Life of Oscar Wilde was written by Neil McKenna and published in 2004. I can never resist books about Oscar Wilde and had never heard of this one until fairly recently. This is not so much a biography of Wilde though as a biography of Wilde’s private life, specifically his homosexuality. The author begins by explaining that he wanted to discover more about this side of Wilde’s life, which of course ultimately led to his downfall. When did Wilde first realise he was attracted to men? Why did he get married? Did his wife suspect anything? Why did he not take the advice of his friends to go abroad when his court battle against the Marquess of Queensberry collapsed and he faced charges of ‘gross indecency’?


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