Book #58732

Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde - 1st Edition/1st Printing

Thomas Wright

Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2008.
ISBN: 0805089934

Price: $50.00

A Fine first Edition/First Printing housed in a Fine dust-jacket is somewhat edgeworn.

In 1891, Oscar Wilde was released from prison after serving a two-year sentence for gross indecency. On his release, he fled to France, where he wrote, directed, and starred in a production of "The Importance of Being Earnest." The success of the play led to Wilde's return to London and a comeback as a writer and speaker. In this book, Wright tells the story of Wilde's life and writing, from his days as an Irish schoolboy to his time as one of the most famous men in England. Wright examines Wilde's relationship with reading, from his love of books as a child to his fascination with the authors who influenced him. Wright also looks at Wilde's life and work in the context of Victorian England, and provides a unique perspective on the author and his work.; 8vo; 370 pages.