Literary Lives
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Oscar Wilde

A Literary Life

Authors: Stern, Kimberly J.

  • Expands on Wilde’s relationship to key Victorian and nineteenth-century social movements and ideologies
  • Identifies important influences on Wilde
  • Illuminates Wilde’s perspectives on education, religion, science, philosophy, and social movements
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About this book

Oscar Wilde: A Literary Life tracks the intellectual biography of one of the most influential minds of the nineteenth century. Rather than focusing on the dramatic events of Wilde’s life, this volume documents Wilde’s impressive forays into education, religion, science, philosophy, and social reform. In so doing, it provides an accessible and yet detailed account that reflects Wilde’s own commitment to the “contemplative life.” Suitable for seasoned readers as well as those new to the study of his work, Oscar Wilde: A Literary Life brings Wilde’s intellectual investments into sharp focus, while placing him within a cultural landscape that was always evolving and often fraught with contradiction. 

About the authors

Kimberly J. Stern is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She is the editor of a Broadview edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (2015) and author of The Social Life of Criticism: Gender, Criticism, and the Politics of Belonging (2016).

Reviews

“A welcome assessment of key elements in Wilde's intellectual make-up. The Wilde who emerges is first and foremost a thinker. Stern is particularly illuminating on the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of Wilde's thought, as well as his ambivalence towards philosophical discourse as such.” (Nicholas Frankel, Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, and author of Oscar Wilde's Decorated Books and Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years (2017))
“There has long been a need for an intellectual biography of Oscar Wilde, a need addressed with great aplomb by Professor Stern’s book. With impressive scholarship and sensitivity she explores Wilde’s complex and fluid engagements with the fields of biography, education, religion, science, philosophy and politics throughout his career, in a work that both undergraduates and long-time scholars of Wilde will find equally illuminating.” (Dr. Iain Ross, author of Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece (2012))

Buy this book

eBook £13.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: November 11, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24604-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover £17.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: November 11, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24603-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oscar Wilde
Book Subtitle
A Literary Life
Authors
Series Title
Literary Lives
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24604-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24604-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-24603-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 250
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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