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Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions — Volume 1 (TREDITION CLASSICS) Paperback – December 20, 2012
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This was fascinating reading.
Harris knew Wilde during his lifetime and they were friends. Harris clearly has some of the prejudices of the time regarding homosexuality (though it seems that Wilde's tendency towards lower class boys bothered him more than the act itself), but he is very sympathetic to Wilde and stood by him even after he found out that the charges against him were true. He defended Wilde before, during and after the famous trials when it was socially dangerous to do so. He was responsible for getting Wilde better conditions in prison (including books and writing utensils) and petitioned to get Wilde let out early.
He gives a vivid portrait of what Wilde looked like and who he was - he didn't appear to have an axe to grind, just a desire to record the man for posterity. If nothing else, its worth the price. I would consider this required reading for any Wilde fan.