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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,377 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Harris Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Frank Harris, a journalist and editor, delighted in Oscar Wilde’s genial wit and self-assurance. Wilde’s verbal charms evoked Harris’ financial and emotional support when Victorian England disdained the playwright for his paganism and imprisoned him for “homosexual offenses.” Harris relates the proceedings of Wilde’s trial and the malice that sent him to France after release from prison.

Later years found Harris increasingly frustrated with Wilde, as the playwright’s humor gave way to bitterness and self-pity. Repeatedly, Harris urged the author of The Importance of Being Earnest to continue to write. His pleas were met with excuses, indolence, and incessant requests for money. Harris’ frustration peaked when he bought an idea for a play from Wilde, then learned that Wilde had already sold the idea to several others.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best life of Wilde.”

    George Bernard Shaw

  • “The best biography ever written by an American.”

    H.L. Mencken

  • “Only a man of courage could have written it.  It will endure side by side with Oscar Wilde.”

    New Republic

  • “Whitfield’s delivery is…easy on the ear.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark Spano | 2/17/2014

    " Thorough. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce Reiter | 2/4/2014

    " I read this biography because of an upcoming trip to Ireland. It is excellent and complete. The missing star in my rating is because it is almost six hundred pages in length and not all of the French is translated, a bummer for those of us who do not read the language. It is an easy read of a complex man with philosophies described and discussed in detail. I am grateful that I did not live in those times although the odds of moving in such elitist circles are unimaginable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kenneth | 1/16/2014

    " Wonderful book of the sometimes tragic life of one of literature's most brillant characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia James | 1/5/2014

    " "Biography lends to death a new terror." -Oscar Wilde "

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