Constance

Constance

The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde

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In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably. Up until thenbsp;conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged positionnbsp;in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children's author, a fashion icon, and anbsp;leading campaigner for women's rights. A founding member of the magical society Thenbsp;Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of thenbsp;more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs. Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her ownnbsp;right. But that spring Constance's entire life was eclipsed by scandal. Forced to flee to thenbsp;Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. Shenbsp;lived in exile until her death.nbsp;Franny Moyle now tells Constance's story with a fresh eye. Drawing on numerousnbsp;unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-sieclenbsp;London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couplenbsp;caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, Moyle unveils the story of a woman whonbsp;was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed.
ISBN: 9781605983813
1605983810
Characteristics: vii, 374 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.

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