Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

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Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions  (1916)  by Frank Harris
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Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions is a biography of Oscar Wilde, first published in 1916.


The crucifixion of the guilty is still
more awe-inspiring than the crucifixion of the innocent;
what do we men know of innocence?—


  • Part One
  1. Oscar's Father and Mother on Trial
  2. Oscar Wilde as a Schoolboy
  3. Trinity, Dublin: Magdalen, Oxford
  4. Formative Influences: Oscar's Poems
  5. Oscar's Quarrel with Whistler and Marriage
  6. Oscar Wilde's Faith and Practice
  7. Oscar's Reputation and Supporters
  8. Oscar's Growth to Originality About 1890
  9. The Summer of Success: Oscar's First Play
  10. The First Meeting with Lord Alfred Douglas
  11. The Threatening Cloud Draws Nearer
  12. Danger Signals: the Challenge
  13. Oscar Attacks Queensberry and is Worsted
  14. How Genius is Persecuted in England
  15. The Queen vs. Wilde: The First Trial
  16. Escape Rejected: The Second Trial and Sentence


  • Part Two
  1. Prison and the Effects of Punishment
  2. Mitigation of Punishment; but not Release
  3. His St. Martin's Summer: His Best Work
  4. The Results of His Second Fall: His Genius
  5. His Sense of Rivalry; His Love of Life and Laziness
  6. "A Great Romantic Passion!"
  7. His Judgments of Writers and of Women
  8. We Argue About His "Pet Vice" and Punishment
  9. The Last Hope Lost
  10. The End
  11. A Last Word



This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1931, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.