Making Oscar Wilde – Michele Mendelssohn

  • St James Church
  • November 3
  • 14:00 - 15:30
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Witty, inspiring, and charismatic, Oscar Wilde is one of the Greats of English literature. Today, his plays and stories are beloved around the world. But it was not always so. His afterlife has given him the legitimacy that life denied him. Making Oscar Wilde reveals the untold story of young Oscar’s career in Victorian England and post-Civil War America. Set on two continents, it tracks a larger-than-life hero on an unforgettable adventure to make his name and gain international acclaim. ‘Success is a science,’ Wilde believed, ‘if you have the conditions, you get the result.’

Michèle Mendelssohn is a cultural historian and literary critic. She is Associate Professor of English Literature at Oxford University.

“A retelling of Wilde’s American adventure that genuinely makes you rethink vital elements of his life and work … Mendelssohn’s research is prodigious.”
– The Observer
“Mendelssohn’s remarkable book … uncovers material missed by lengthier biographies, even Richard Ellmann’s, and conveys the excitement of real research and discovery.”
– John Carey in The Sunday Times

See one of Michèle’s suprising discoveries while writing the book: