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by Peter Ackroyd

Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0140171118
ISBN13: 978-0140171112
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New Ed edition (1993)
Pages: 192
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The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde is a 1983 novel by Peter Ackroyd. It won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1984. The novel is written in the form of a diary which Oscar Wilde was writing in Paris in 1900, up to his death.

The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde is a 1983 novel by Peter Ackroyd. The diary itself is completely fictional, as is the detail contained, although the events and most of the characters (such as the characters of Lord Alfred Douglas, Robert Ross and the Earl of Rosebery and his incarceration, at Pentonville, later Reading) are real

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Peter Ackroyd's book is a masterpiece with much to say about thoroughly modern concepts such as populism .

Peter Ackroyd's book is a masterpiece with much to say about thoroughly modern concepts such as populism, celebrity, fame and identity. 10 people found this helpful. Peter Ackroyd imitates the style of great Oscar to such a degree that the reader sometimes wonders that maybe he is reading some unacknowledged, authentic find. But it's not only about the style; it's also about the nuances of Wilde's paradoxical personality, which combined magnanimity with pettiness, masks and authenticity, brilliance and naivety.

His early novel, The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (published in 1983), audaciously recreates the voice of the .

His early novel, The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (published in 1983), audaciously recreates the voice of the I could have been the voice of the coming age, for I proclaimed that which my age did not know - that every man should make himself perfect. But I was not understood: they perfected the bicycle instead. This is truly an age of iron. Peter Ackroyd, The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde.

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Key words: postmodernism, biography, Oscar Wilde, Peter Ackroyd. 1. POSTMODERN BIOGRAPHY: FLIRTING WITH TRADITION "Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.

Peter Ackroyd, is an English biographer, novelist and critic with a particular interest in the history and culture of London. Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas was a British poet and journalist best known as the lover of Oscar Wilde. For his novels about English history and culture and his biographies of, among others, William Blake, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot, Charles Chaplin and Sir Thomas More, he won the Somerset Maugham Award and two Whitbread Awards. Abraham "Bram" Stoker was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.

The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983). The early novel, Last Testament, may not be the most complex or multilayered of Ackroyd's works, but it is a good starting point in my analysis, as it introduces many of the issues that Ackroyd constantly deals with in his fiction and which he has also given fuller treatment in his later novels. It is a novel written in the form of a journal as if by Oscar Wilde himself in the last year of his life as an exile in Paris.

Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent books include The Lambs of London and . The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde. W. Turner, the second biography in the Ackroyd Brief Lives series.

Peter Ackroyd is also working on a series of biographies for Chatto & Windus entitled Brief Lives, the first of. .

Peter Ackroyd is also working on a series of biographies for Chatto & Windus entitled Brief Lives, the first of which - Chaucer - was published in 2004. He has also written books about Charlie Chaplin (2014) and Alfred Hitchcock (2015). He is also writing a series of non-fiction children's books for Dorling Kindersley entitled Voyages through Time. Two other works are written in a similar vein: The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983), a fictional confessional journal purportedly written during Wilde's last few months, and Milton in America (1996), in which Ackroyd imagines what might have happened if the poet had left England after the restoration of the monarchy.

Release Date: April 1987. Publisher: Time Warner Books UK. Length: 192 Pages.

Select Format: Hardcover. Release Date: April 1987. Weight: . 0 lbs. Related Subjects. Contemporary Literary Criticism Literary Criticism & Collections Literature & Fiction. Recently Viewed and Featured. Stansi laboratory Apparatus Catalog No. 163.

Oscar Wilde never wrote a last testament during his isolation in Paris. This book takes the known facts about Oscar Wilde and converts them into a fictional portrait of the artist and memoir of a life of great contrast - a career which ended with a catastrophic fall from public favour.
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Renthadral
Oakum is a mixture of fiber and tar used as a sealant. The fibers were often recycled, and this involved pulling each fiber free of the tar for re-use. This was called “picking oakum,” and it left your hands—especially your fingertips—blistered and bloody. In England of the 1800s it was often the occupation of prisoners, and for a time it was the occupation of Oscar Wilde, who had been convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years at hard labor.

Wilde (1854-1900) was Irish by birth but a Londoner by choice, a brilliant conversationalist and wit who divided the opinion of Victorian society with his colorful appearance and often outrageous writings, which included the novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1890) and the plays SALOME (1891) and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (1895.) He was at the peak of his fame when he became involved in an ill-advised lawsuit that exposed him as homosexual who made use of male prostitutes, some of them shockingly young. Many have fallen, but few fell from such a great height and fewer still landed so hard. Released from prison in 1897, he left England for France, where he assumed the name Sebastian Melmoth and eventually settled in Paris, where he lived in great poverty and personal shame, very much a broken man, until his death in 1900.

In THE LAST TESTAMENT OF OSCAR WILDE (1983) novelist Peter Ackroyd Wilde through an imagined diary kept by Wilde during the last few months of his life. In this narration, Wilde gives an account of his life from childhood to exile, with considerable emphasis on his gradual immersion in the London underworld of prostitution, blackmail, and emotional frenzy. The account is given primarily in narrative, and Ackroyd is astonishing in his ability to capture Wilde’s tone of voice, coupling stray bits of Wilde’s writings with his own imagination to exceptional effect. The effect is all the more remarkable given the brevity of the novel, which in my edition runs to less than two hundred pages.

If the novel has a flaw, it is that it will appeal most to people already familiar with Wilde’s works and his extravagant life. Even so, it is unexpectedly easy to read, and it is a book to which I have returned several times over the years. Recommended.

Gary Taylor
Amazon Reviewer
Jediathain
A journal is being written by a lonely man in a Paris hotel room. It starts, for its sins, on 9 August 1900. There was nothing auspicious about the date, no connection to former grandeur or glory. But there has been a chance encounter, on a rare excursion outdoors, with three young Englishmen. They recognise the journal's author, one Oscar Wilde, and they refer to him as "she". It is an event worth recording, an event that prompts recollection and reflection on a life.

Oscar Wilde's life was lived in public. Through exploration, then success and fame, and finally via notoriety and disgrace the author occupied a public mind. His talent was immense, his desire to exploit it almost single-minded and his success phenomenal. In an era when stardom in the modern sense was being invented, Oscar Wilde played the stage, published, courted society and self-promoted. He pushed at boundaries, sometimes not for reasons of art, but merely because they existed. He was, after all, an outsider, an Irishman of questionable parentage, but dressed elegantly in a frock coat and mingling with the highest.

He thus became a star for a while, a centre of attention, a media figure. This was nothing less than celebrity in the modern sense, except, of course, that in his case there actually was some talent and ability in the equation. He was famous primarily for what he did, not for whom he became. But then there was a change. The fame was rendered infamy by publicity he could no longer control. And that downfall killed him. A final journal entry on 30 November 1900, recorded from the author's mumblings by a friend, Maurice Gilbert, records the event. Oscar Wilde had fallen while in prison, and had sustained an injury to an ear, an injury that festered.

Early on in his recollections, Oscar Wilde recalls George Bernard Shaw saying that, "An Englishman will do whatever in the name of principle." Wilde's qualification was that the principle was inevitably self-interest. It is a beautiful metaphor, because as a talented - even gifted - young Irish writer, Wilde was promoted and enjoyed success while ever he bolstered others' positions. The moment he sought an assertion of his own right, however, he was disowned. Celebrity can thus rub shoulders with the rich and powerful, but only on their terms.

And it was their terms that eventually killed him. The sybaritic Bosie encountered, the desire for things Greek aroused, Wilde found himself drawn into a society he could not resist. But he remained a self-confessed voyeur, and never became a participant. He thus remained forever the outsider, on the periphery of even his own vices. But he was eventually pilloried for what he became in the public eye to stand for. It remained only a state to which he aspired, if, that is, we believe him.

The Last Testament Of Oscar Wilde thus hops repeatedly across the boundary that separates a public and a private life. Eventually the two distinct existences become blurred. Because one is always trying to be the other, with neither predominating. Peter Ackroyd's book is a masterpiece with much to say about thoroughly modern concepts such as populism, celebrity, fame and identity.
Llanonte
This is a most amazing book. One would almost believe that, like his beloved William Blake, Ackroyd has the ability to rendevouz with the spirits and have Wilde dictate this marvelous account of his exile in Paris. A cunning pastiche of Wilde's wit and wisdom, this book charts the decent into the human condition. Littered with irony and humour, this book will leave the reader hungry for more insights into the genius of Oscar Wilde and I would reccomend it to everybody, even the few that may not be aware of the subject matter. From the dens of sin to the oppressive beauty of Paris society, the reader is on the journey with Wilde all the way.
Molace
It is both tragic and comical account of Wilde's last years in Paris. Peter Ackroyd imitates the style of great Oscar to such a degree that the reader sometimes wonders that maybe he is reading some unacknowledged, authentic find. But it's not only about the style; it's also about the nuances of Wilde's paradoxical personality, which combined magnanimity with pettiness, masks and authenticity, brilliance and naivety. Above all, he was a dramatist who treated his own life as if it were a tragedy to be staged: "it is a strange thing, but in all my writing I anticipate my own fate" (p.70). He was his life's most avid spectator! Highly recommended for all Wilde's enthusiasts.
Lemana
A genius at work-Has enriched all of our lives
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