Shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2018
This compelling account of Wilde’s rise, fall and resurrection draws on new archives and rare documents to tell the story from an entirely fresh perspective.
Combining new evidence and gripping cultural history, Michèle Mendelssohn dramatizes Wilde’s rise, fall and resurrection as part of a spectacular transatlantic pageant. She brings to life the charming young Irishman who set out to captivate the United States and Britain with his words. Following the twists and turns of Wilde’s journey, Mendelssohn vividly depicts sensation-hungry Victorian journalism and popular entertainment alongside racial controversies, sex scandals and the growth of Irish nationalism.