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    Title: The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde Author: Joseph Pearce Publisher: Ignatius Press Date Published: 2004 ISBN: 1586170260 Price:
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      Title: The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde
      Author: Joseph Pearce
      Publisher: Ignatius Press
      Date Published: 2004
      ISBN: 1586170260
      Price: Hardcover $19.95
      Comments: Originally published in softcover by Harper Collins UK in 2001


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      Editorial Reviews
      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. --This text refers to the
      Paperback edition.

      About the Author
      Joseph Pearce is the author of numerous acclaimed biographies of major
      Catholic literary figures.
      He is a Writer in Residence and Professor of Literature at Ave Maria College
      in Michigan, Editor-in-Chief of Ave Maria University Communications and
      Sapientia Press, as well as Co-Editor of the The Saint Austin Review (or StAR), an
      international review of Christian culture, literature, and ideas published in
      England by the Saint Austin Press.

      Book Description
      Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, Oscar
      Wilde, the great poet, satirist and playwright, is hailed today, in some circles,
      as a "progressive" sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. His
      actions and pretensions did not bring him happiness and fulfillment. This
      study of Wilde’s brilliant and tragic life goes beyond the mistakes that brought
      him notoriety in order to explore this emotional and spiritual search.
      Unlike any other biography of Wilde, it strips away these pretensions to show
      the real man, his aspirations and desires. It uncovers how he was broken by
      his two-year prison sentence; it probes the deeper thinking behind masterpieces
      such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and "De Profundis"; and it traces his
      fascination with Catholicism through to his eleventh-hour conversion.
      Published on the 150th anniversary of his birth, this biography removes the
      masks which have confused previous biographers and reveals the real Wilde
      beneath the surface. Once again, Joseph Pearce has written a profound, wide-ranging
      study with many original insights on a great literary figure.


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