Monday, October 29, 2012

Mailbox Monday 10.29.12

Hosted this month by Mailbox Monday.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably. Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children’s author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women’s rights. A founding member of the magical society The Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs. Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right.

But that spring Constance’s entire life was eclipsed by scandal. Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. She lived in exile until her death.

Franny Moyle now tells Constance’s story with a fresh eye. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-siècle London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, Moyle unveils the story of a woman who was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.

From Open Road via NetGalley.


bermudaonion said...

Oooh, I bet that's good!

Mystica said...

That has to be exciting!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds really good!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love stories about the women behind the men...this one looks intriguing.



The Relentless Reader said...

Oooh, this sounds good! I'm fascinated by all things Oscar Wilde

Anonymous said...

Sounds captivating, enjoy!

Elizabeth said...



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