The Resource Oscar Wilde : a long and lovely suicide, Melissa Knox

Oscar Wilde : a long and lovely suicide, Melissa Knox

Label
Oscar Wilde : a long and lovely suicide
Title
Oscar Wilde
Title remainder
a long and lovely suicide
Statement of responsibility
Melissa Knox
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
During his lifetime Oscar Wilde was praised as a brilliant playwright, novelist, and conversationalist and stigmatized as a dangerous seducer of youth. Ironically, he is perhaps best remembered now for the bravery he exhibited in 1895 during his trial in England for homosexual offenses. In the first full-length psychoanalytic biography of Wilde, Melissa Knox explores the link between little-known childhood events and figures in his life and his psychological development to explain both Wilde's creativity and his self-destructive heroism. Drawing on new information as well as on recent biographies and studies, Knox sketches the important characters in Wilde's formative years; an adoring and demanding mother, a father whose scandalous life degraded the family, and a beloved sister who died when Oscar was eleven. She describes Wilde's first daring efforts as a young man to challenge British mores; his lifelong battle with his fears of the syphilis he reportedly contracted at Oxford; his marriage and two children; his tempestuous and flamboyant love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, whose father, the marquess of Queensberry, accused Wilde of homosexual practices; Wilde's libel suit against the marquess, subsequent trial, and two-year imprisonment; and his last years in exile, disgrace, and ill health. Uncovering the unconscious motivations beneath Wilde's surface bravado, Knox is able to explain his often puzzling actions. She also offers new interpretations of some of his works, from Salome, which she calls Wilde's most autobiographical work, to The Importance of Being Earnest, in which she sees Wilde artistically embracing his inability to resolve conflicts, to De Profundis, his attempt to salvage himself as a man and an artist
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Knox, Melissa
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5823
LC item number
.K65 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Authors, Irish
  • Psychoanalysis and literature
  • Authors, Irish
  • Écrivains irlandais
  • Psychanalyse et littérature
  • Authors, Irish
  • Psychoanalysis and literature
Label
Oscar Wilde : a long and lovely suicide, Melissa Knox
Link
https://archive.org/details/oscarwildelonglo0000knox
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.167- 185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiv, 185 pages
Isbn
9780300059052
Lccn
94000276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29792131
  • (OCoLC)ocm29792131
Label
Oscar Wilde : a long and lovely suicide, Melissa Knox
Link
https://archive.org/details/oscarwildelonglo0000knox
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.167- 185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiv, 185 pages
Isbn
9780300059052
Lccn
94000276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29792131
  • (OCoLC)ocm29792131

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