Oscar Wilde (Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians)

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Traces the life of the Irish playwright, essayist, novelist, and poet, describes the social conventions of his era, and recounts the trial that left him a broken man

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Jeff Nunokawa teaches English literature at Princeton University and lives in Princeton and New York.

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Grade 9 Up-Two biographies designed to let gay and lesbian teenagers know "...that someone else out there has felt what [they] have felt...and has endured, achieved, and flourished." Wilde begins with the closeted but recklessly flamboyant writer's 1895 conviction and imprisonment for being homosexual, and then backtracks to trace his path leading up to that ordeal, the deterioration of his health, and his death at age 46. It is less intimate, less hopeful, and more analytical than Cather. Packed with references to Wilde's works, especially the comedies, it has its high points when quoting his numerous entertaining remarks. The writing is clear, but non-literary YAs will be put off by the scholarly style that features lengthy quotations and discussions of remote topics. Cather is an impressive work. Readers get the benefit of O'Brien's literary friendship with Cather, developed not person-to-person but through years of studying the novelist, which culminated in her critically acclaimed adult biography (Oxford, 1986). She has stripped away much of the analysis that scholarly biographies require, leaving a lively, intimate, intriguing portrait of one of America's great writers. Ultimately, Cather's lesbianism (never publicly acknowledged) is painstakingly shown as a strong and important strand among many others in the complex web of her commanding personality. The titles share a textbookish format, which is redeemed in part by good-quality, interesting black-and-white photographs, especially in Cather.
Claudia Morrow, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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