Oscar: A Life - Reviews and Praise


Oscar: A Life - Reviews and Praise

Oscar: A Life by Matthew Sturgis is the first major biography of Oscar Wilde in thirty years. This most complete telling of his life and times to date has impressed readers and critics, garnering glowing praise in the press throughout October. Click 'read more' below to take a look at some of the fantastic reviews, and make sure to order your own copy now

Oscar: A Life by Matthew Sturgis is a perfectly diligent book, and tells new readers all they possibly need to know about Wilde and his world.’ The Times

Sturgis’s evocation of Wilde’s jail term is especially well done in its light and shade…and the diminuendo of his final days is desperately moving. However much you think you know about Wilde, this book will absorb and entertain you. It thickens the texture of every aspect of his unique life – dazzling, decadent and doomed.’ The Sunday Times

‘An absorbing biography that thickens the texture of every aspect of Wilde’s life.’ The Sunday Times

‘Matthew Sturgis uses new letters and a libel trial transcript to give a fuller picture of Oscar Wilde’s dazzling rise and tragic fall…He is a tremendous orchestrator of material, fastidious, unhurried, indefatigable.’ The Observer

‘Matthew Sturgis’s biography, Oscar: a Life, is the first major attempt since that of Richard Ellman some 30 years ago, and it’s much better…this is simply the best modern biography of Wilde…a terrific achievement.’ Evening Standard

‘This book is authoritative and accurate, and Sturgis writes in a cheery, readable style.’ Literary Review

‘Sturgis’s is an old-school biography that takes us smoothly from the cradle to the crematorium…Matthew Sturgis’s authoritative, magnificently researched life may not be the last we hear of Oscar Wilde.’ Spectator

‘If you thought you knew all about the playwright, this captivating new biography will prove you wrong.’ Country Life

‘New material and wonderful detail make the latest Oscar Wilde bio the one to have…The author brings alive the distinctive mood and characters of the fin de siècle in this rich account of Wilde’s life, death and times. Brilliant.’ Attitude

‘Matthew Sturgis’s Oscar is equally expansive [as Richard Ellmann’s biography] but more careful with the facts. That is not the only reason to admire this moving and generous account of a life many think they know about. Sturgis confounds our expectations from the outset…It reads like a work of art, which is surely appropriate to its subject.’ The Oldie

‘He does full justice to Wilde’s crucial early years in Ireland…This is a “fastidious” and absorbing biography.’ The Week

‘Matthew Sturgis brings alive the radical ideas, the distinctive characters and the flaring colours of the fin de siècle in the richest account of Wilde’s life to date.’ Dorset Magazine