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The Resource Oscar Wilde, the great drama of his life : how his tragedy reflected his personality, Ashley H. Robins

Oscar Wilde, the great drama of his life : how his tragedy reflected his personality, Ashley H. Robins

Label
Oscar Wilde, the great drama of his life : how his tragedy reflected his personality
Title
Oscar Wilde, the great drama of his life
Title remainder
how his tragedy reflected his personality
Statement of responsibility
Ashley H. Robins
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the 1890s Oscar Wilde enjoyed one of the most high-profile reputations in Britain; yet, virtually overnight, he was plunged into disgrace and ruin. What were the reasons for this extraordinary reversal of fortune? Ashley Robins explores Wilde's motivation in prosecuting the Marquess of Queensberry, and elaborates on the precarious legal situation that effectively quashed any prospect of a withdrawal from the lawsuit without dire consequences. He examines the medical and psychiatric aspects of Wilde's two-year imprisonment and reveals---for the first time and based on the original Home Office records---the machinations among prison officials and doctors to cover up Wilde's state of health. Wilde's medical history is presented with an expert evaluation of his terminal illness, including a resolution of the syphilis controversy. Robins details Wilde's tangled matrimonial affairs during his imprisonment and goes on to disclose the manoeuvres adopted by friends to secure his early release, citing hitherto unpublished letters to show that bribery of prison personnel was seriously contemplated. The issue of homosexuality is discussed not only in relation to Oscar Wilde but from the broader historical, legal and biological perspectives. The author portrays Wilde's character and behaviour through the images he projected onto society, by the strong but mixed public reaction to him, and by the quality of his interpersonal relationships with his wife, family and close friends. Finally, Wilde's personality is assessed using internationally accepted diagnostic criteria; and, in an unusual and innovative experiment, a group of Wildean scholars completed a psychological questionnaire as if they were doing so for Oscar Wilde himself. Drawing on these findings and on his own extensive psychiatric experience, Ashley Robins concludes that Wilde had a disorder of personality that culminated in the final and tragic phase of his life
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Robins, Ashley H
Dewey number
  • 828/.809
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5823
LC item number
.R63 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Queensberry, John Sholto Douglas
  • Authors, Irish
  • Gay men
  • Great Britain
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • History, 19th Century
  • United Kingdom
Label
Oscar Wilde, the great drama of his life : how his tragedy reflected his personality, Ashley H. Robins
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Pursued by a pugilist of unsound mind" -- In durance vile : Pentonville -- Haldane and Morrison vs. the home secretary -- The battle of reading gaol -- "Passing from one prison into another" -- The vexatious domestic saga -- The great syphilis debate -- The precipitous road to homosexual law reform -- Gay superstar but not martyr -- Oscar as others saw him -- Relationships with family and friends -- Histrionic personality disorder -- The last words
Control code
630453657
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 264 pages
Isbn
9781845194345
Isbn Type
(h/c : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010022926
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)630453657
Label
Oscar Wilde, the great drama of his life : how his tragedy reflected his personality, Ashley H. Robins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Pursued by a pugilist of unsound mind" -- In durance vile : Pentonville -- Haldane and Morrison vs. the home secretary -- The battle of reading gaol -- "Passing from one prison into another" -- The vexatious domestic saga -- The great syphilis debate -- The precipitous road to homosexual law reform -- Gay superstar but not martyr -- Oscar as others saw him -- Relationships with family and friends -- Histrionic personality disorder -- The last words
Control code
630453657
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 264 pages
Isbn
9781845194345
Isbn Type
(h/c : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010022926
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)630453657

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