The Fall of the House of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and His Family
'Emer O'Sullivan has made an indispensable contribution to Wildean literature ...Compelling, informative and fascinating' Stephen Fry Oscar Wilde's father - scientist, surgeon, archaeologist, writer - was one of the most eminent men of his generation. His mother - poet, journalist, translator - hosted an influential salon at 1 Merrion Square. Together they were one of Victorian Ireland's most dazzling and enlightened couples. When, in 1864, Sir William Wilde was accused of sexually assaulting a female patient, it sent shock waves through Dublin society. After his death some ten years later, Jane attempted to re-establish the family in London, where Oscar burst irrepressibly upon the scene, only to fall in a trial as public as his father's. A remarkable and perceptive account, The Fall of the House of Wilde is a major repositioning of our first modern celebrity, a man whose fall from grace marked the end of fin de siecle decadence.
'Emer O'Sullivan has made an indispensable contribution to Wildean literature ... Compelling, informative and fascinating' Stephen Fry
'Vivid and meticulously researched ... The name of Wilde stands for "what is singular, independent-minded, and fearless". Words that also describe this splendid book *****' Frances Wilson, Mail on Sunday 'A valuable addition to the scholarly reclamation of the Wilde name ... The Fall of the House of Wilde does justice to the name' Irish Times 'O'Sullivan vividly evokes the cultural vitalities Oscar inherited from the house he was born into ... Hugely readable' John Sutherland, The Times 'Every era has the biography writer is deserves. The Fall of the House of Wilde presents its subject for the age of Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Gene' Times Literary Supplement
Emer O'Sullivan graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, and has completed an MA in Life Writing and a PhD in Virginia Woolf's literature at UEA, where she also lectured in English Literature. This is her first book. She lives in London.