Praise for oscar wilde. Ellmann is our foremost literary biographer. Wilde’s life was a work of art, and so is this biography. Stephen Becker, Chicago Sun-Times. Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal. The best book of this or many a yea. ilde is brought unforgettably to life with his curious courage, his longing for self-destruction, his vulnerability and his irresistible charm.
Richard Ellmann wields his pen with alacrity, grace, and an intense sympathy for his subject that may leave you in This book is a haunting and beautiful biography of the don of the Aesthetic Movement. It traces his life from his early days as the son of a prominent physician father and an eccentric socialite mother (Sperenza) to his competition with Bram Stoker for the hand of Frances Balcombe, to his early homosexual experiments and final death amod disgrace and anonymity in the exile of France. Richard Ellman won the Pulitzer for his work on Oscar Wilde, and with good reason: it's not only the definitive look at the Irish poet, playwright, critic, and martyr, but it's also a ripping good read. Wilde was a movie star in a time before movies, a tabloid staple, and a constant bestseller, and Ellmann makes him - and his work - come alive.
Richard Ellmann, during a long and distinguished career, won international recognition as a scholar, teacher of English literature, critic, and biographer. His magesterial life of James Joyce has been widely acclaimed as the greatest literary biography of the century. Ellmann was born in Highland Park, Michigan, in 1918. He studied at Yale and at Trinity College in Dublin. His James Joyce (National Book Award, 1959) was preceded by Yeats: The Man and the Masks and The Identity of Yeats, and was followed by-among other greatly praised books-two volumes of Joyce letters, Eminent Domain, and Four Dubliners.
Richard Ellmann capped an illustrious career in biography (his James Joyce is considered one of the masterpieces of the 20th century) with this life of Oscar Wilde, which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize on its original publication in 1988 . I would describe Ellmann's prose as more workmanlike than entertaining, but that's perfectly OK, because Oscar's life was so amazing that any biographer's vanity would only get in the way. If you have any humanity at all, you'll finish this book having fallen in love with Oscar and identifying with him.
Book's title: Oscar Wilde Richard Ellmann. Library of Congress Control Number: 88040040. System Control Number: (Sirsi) 9035975. 809 B 19. Personal Name: Ellmann, Richard, 1918-. Publication, Distribution, et. New York. Vintage Books, (c)1988, c1987. Physical Description: xvii, 680 . p. of plates : ill. ;, 21 cm. General Note
Richard David Ellmann (March 15, 1918 – May 13, 1987) was an American literary critic and biographer of the Irish writers James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats. National Book Award for Nonfiction for James Joyce (1959), which is one of the most acclaimed literary biographies of the 20th century.
Winner of both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Oscar Wilde is the definitive biography of the tortured poet and playwright and the last book by renowned biographer and literary critic Richard Ellmann. Ellman captures the wit, creativity, and charm of the psychologically and sexually complicated writer, as well as the darker aspects of his personality and life
The listed Ellmann, Richard, ed. Oscar Wilde: A Collection of Critical Essays. Additions and Corrections to Richard Ellmann's Oscar Wilde.
Read "Oscar Wilde" by Richard Ellmann with Rakuten Kobo . Winner of both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Oscar Wilde is the definitive biography of the tortured poet and playwright and the last book by renowned biographer and literary critic Richard Ellmann. Ellman captures the wit, creativity, and charm of the psychologically and sexually complicated writer, as well as the darker aspects of his personality and life.
Winner 1989 - Pulitzer Prize Winner 1988 - National Book Critics Circle Awards. The biography sensitive to the tragic pattern of the story of a great subject: Oscar Wilde - psychologically and sexually complicated, enormously quotable, central to a alluring cultural world and someone whose life assumed an unbearably dramatic shape. Ellmann's sympathetic retelling of Wilde's story, in steadier focus than we've heard it before, is more convincing than his hyperbolic literary judgments.