The story of Oscar Wilde and his extraordinary family is a remarkable one. Oscar’s sensational triumphs and terrible downfall are incredibly moving but his parents, the brilliant Sir William Wilde and the flamboyant Lady Jane Wilde, also led amazing lives and experienced triumph and tragedy.
Sir William, an eminent eye and ear surgeon in Dublin, was an author, antiquarian and statistician, whose personal life attracted much innuendo. Lady Jane was a fiery poet whose thumping verses fuelled a revolution.
Constance Wilde had to change her name and live in exile until her death. The story of the Wildes through the generations is one of phenomenal achievements and heartbreaking misfortunes, an epic family saga against a background of rebellion and famine. New revelations on Oscar's time in prison, his father's cover up of his illegitimate daughters' deaths, Oscar's mother's dire poverty in the years before her death, lend a freshness to the narrative.
By linking the generations a more complete picture emerges of a brilliant Irishman whose wit and works still dazzle and whose tragic fall still break's the reader's heart.
|Publication date||20 Feb 2011|