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Oscar Wilde

A Life

By Matthew Sturgis

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A major new biography of the charismatic and controversial Victorian icon, Oscar Wilde.
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Matthew Sturgis is the author of three previous books: Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadents of the 1890s (Macmillan 1995); Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography (HarperCollins 1998); and Walter Sickert: A Life (HarperCollins 2005). He reviews widely on Wilde-related topics for the Times Literary Supplement, the Daily Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday.

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