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  • 5 stars across 7 books
    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He went to Trinity College, Dublin and then to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he began to propagandize the new Aesthetic (or 'Art for Art's Sake') Movement.
    Despite winning a first and the Newdigate Prize for Poetry, Wilde failed to obtain an Oxford scholarship, and was forced to earn a living by lecturing and writing for periodicals. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884, he tried to establish himself as a writer, but with little initial success. However, his three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince (1888), Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891) and A House of Pomegranates (1891), together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), gradually won him a reputation as a modern writer with an original talent, a reputation confirmed and enhanced by the phenomenal success of his Society Comedies - Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, all performed on the West End stage between 1892 and 1895.
    Success, however, was short-lived. In 1891 Wilde had met and fallen extravagantly in love with Lord Alfred Douglas. In 1895, when his success as a dramatist was at its height, Wilde brought an unsuccessful libel action against Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde lost the case and two trials later was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for acts of gross indecency. As a result of this experience he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. He was released from prison in 1897 and went into an immediate self-imposed exile on the Continent. He died in Paris in ignominy in 1900.
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    The Book Thief

    SPECIAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION with exclusive extra behind-the-scenes material from the author It is 1939. In Nazi Ge... More

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    The Book Thief

    It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. ... More

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    4th April 2013

    The Underdog

    My name's Cameron Wolfe. I have a little bit of sense. I don't have much sense. My older brother Ruben gets me into plen... More

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    4th April 2013

    Getting the Girl

    Rube never loved any of them. He never cared about any of them. He just wanted each one because she was next, and why no... More

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    28th January 2010

    Fighting Ruben Wolfe

    I say, 'Don't lose your heart, Rube.' And very clearly, without moving, my brother answers me. He says, 'I'm not tryin'... More

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    1st January 2015

    I Am the Messenger

    From the author of The Book Thief comes this darkly funny and ultimately uplifting thriller which proves that anyone can... More

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