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The Life of Oscar Wilde: A Biography - Hesketh Pearson

MacDonald & Janes, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed with a short closed, but creased, tear to the foot of the upper panel and again to the head of the spine. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

First in this, revised and expanded edition from this publisher. [First: Methuen, 1946] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Based on forty years of research, Hesketh Pearson’s novel, well-balanced and unbiased portrait of Oscar Wilde became a best-seller on publication.

Pearson’s famed accuracy recreates a comprehensive picture — vivid and convincing — of Wilde’s tremendous personality in its many different aspects: emotionally immature and bisexual, he led a gay, rich, spontaneous life and, although self-indulgent, he was also exceedingly generous both in his feelings and his acts. The personal defects — so often disproportionately emphasized — which ultimately brought about Wilde’s ruin, are sympathetically analysed, thereby allowing his finer qualities true recognition. This fascinating account is complemented throughout by a splendid array of Wilde’s enchanting witticisms and more serious intellectual maxims.

An enthralling story combining tragedy and comedy, and, at the same time, a treasury of wit, and social and cultural history, this brilliant biography is reissued on the strength of the popularity and renown of Hesketh Pearson, justly praised critic, biographer and raconteur.”

Foreword or introduction by Peter Quennell. Size: 8" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 399 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.