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Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions

Frank Harris

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Consumers of biography are familiar with the division between memoirs of the living or recently dead written by those who "knew" the subject more or less intimately, and the more objective or scholarly accounts produced by later generations. In the case of Wilde, as presented to us by Frank Harris, we are in a way doubly estranged from the subject. We meet with Oscar the charismatic talker, whose tone of voice can never be reproduced – even if a more scrupulous biographer had set down his words accurately – and we are perhaps already aware of him as Wilde the self-destructive celebrity who uneasily fills the place of the premier gay icon and martyr in our contemporary view. Neither of these images will do. We need to read as many accounts as possible. Harris, though himself a self-advertising literary and sexual buccaneer, takes a wincingly representative view of Wilde’s homophile activity: for him it is a patrician excrescence, the abominable vice of the few, contracted at English boarding schools – though thankfully “not infectious” as far as he himself is concerned. What a long road we have to travel to arrive at the essentially gay man of today! But there are many shortcuts to take us back to where we came from… (Summary by Martin Geeson)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

16h 12m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

36:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

41:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

30:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

36:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

33:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

47:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

42:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

57:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

51:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

52:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

42:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

31:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

43:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

33:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

48:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

33:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

34:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

37:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

40:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:20