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The Hearts and Lives of Men
The Hearts and Lives of Men Fay Weldon 0670820989 9780670820986 In January 1882, Oscar Wilde arrived in New York to begin a nationwide publicity tour. Mentioned in a few newspaper articles -- but barely a footnote in the history books -- was the blac
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The Hearts and Lives of Men by Fay Weldon

In January 1882, Oscar Wilde arrived in New York to begin a nationwide publicity tour. Mentioned in a few newspaper articles -- but barely a footnote in the history books -- was the black valet who accompanied him. In a daring and richly imaginative work, Louis Edwards rescues this figure from obscurity, blurring the line between fact and fiction as he follows Wilde and his gifted confidant, Traquair, on a whirlwind tour across the country, from high-society Newport to art-conscious San Francisco to the Deep South.Edwardss brilliantly conjured Wilde astounds the New World with his eloquent lectures and larger-than-life presence, while Traquair delights in the greatest year of his youth: losing his virginity in a Washington, D. C., brothel; meeting Jefferson Davis in Mississippi; falling hopelessly in love in St. Louis; and learning about his own familys secret history. Juxtaposed with Traquairs experiences are those of his Caucasian best friend, Baxter, who travels to England and becomes enmeshed in a circle of luminaries including Lady Wilde, James Whistler, Lillie Langtry, and Wildes future wife, Constance Lloyd.Combining seductive, epigrammatic language and a unique perspective on class and race in late-nineteenth-century America,Oscar Wilde Discovers Americabuilds to a surprising climax that offers a chilling forecast of the tragic destiny of Wilde and a stunning redefinition of the American spirit.

Author: Fay Weldon

Language: English

Edition: 1st Us Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 357

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 1988-03-21

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