The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde is Neil McKenna's acclaimed and controversial first biography. The books charts fully for the first time Oscar Wilde's astonishing erotic odyssey through Victorian London's sexual underworld.
This bestselling book makes a compelling and convincing argument that Oscar Wilde was driven personally and creatively by his powerful desires for sex with young men and that his work can only be fully understood in terms of his sexuality.
Drawing on a vast and sensational array of previously unknown and unpublished material, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde meticulously and brilliantly reconstructs Oscar Wilde's emotional and sexual life, painting an astonishingly frank and vivid psychological portrait of a troubled genius who chose to martyr himself for the cause of love between men.
"Intriguing and entertaining...McKenna makes an impassioned case for re-gaying Wilde" * The Times *
"A groundbreaking new biography of our greatest queer martyr" * Observer *
"It cannot be recommended too highly. Extraordinary, intensely passionate and quite beautiful" * Manchester Evening News *
"This is by far and away the best biography of Oscar Wilde to date" * John McRae, Professor of Literature *
"A bold book" * The Guardian *