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"Simple Words": Peter Ackroyd's Autobiography of Oscar Wilde

Joe Moran
Biography
Vol. 22, No. 3 (summer 1999), pp. 356-369
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23540034
Page Count: 14
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"Simple Words": Peter Ackroyd's Autobiography of Oscar Wilde
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Abstract

This article discusses Peter Ackroyd's fictionalized autobiography, The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde. It suggests that the text opens up significant questions about biographical and autobiographical interpretation, and more specific issues concerning the relationship between Wilde's own self-fashioning as a celebrated public figure and the social construction of sexualities in late nineteenth-century Britain.

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