"Here is the journey of a soul, one who frequently teetered on the brink of damnation, and at times courted it. Beautifully written, and in its own right a work of wit and wisdom." --Michael O'Brien
, Author, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
"Pearce takes on Wilde's most eminent biographers and critics, and turns with his bravura prose our attention away from the prurient, and on to Wilde's achievement." --Thomas Howard
, Author, Dove Descending: A Journey into T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets
"Pearce not only reveals Wilde as we have never seen him, but reveals himself as a master of biography." --Dale Ahlquist
, Author, G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense
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From the Publisher
In his new book, Joseph Pearce asserts that the great poet, satirist, and playwright Oscar Wilde is as misunderstood today as he was in his own time. Vilified by his fellow Victorians for his sexuality and dandyism, these days he is hailed as a sexual liberator. Yet this is not how Wilde saw himself. His lifestyle and pretenses did not bring him happiness and fulfillment: his art did. And this is where Pearce's search for the man behind the masks is centered. Rather than lingering on the actions that brought him notoriety, Joseph Pearce explores the emotional and spiritual search of this fascinating and complex figure. The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde
reveals how his "heart of stone" was broken by his two-year prison sentence, while it probes the deeper implications of his masterpieces. Along with a discussion of The Ballad of Reading Gaol
and the posthumously published De Profundis,
it also traces his fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion.
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