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The enduring appeal of Oscar Wilde: Dr Michèle Mendelssohn in conversation with Paul Burston
15 March, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
London Book & Screen Week is going Wilde for St Patrick’s Day! Join Dr Michèle Mendelssohn, who will discuss her acclaimed new biography Making Oscar Wilde with journalist and author Paul Burston, founder of the UK’s leading LGBT literary salon, Polari. Offering an insightful new examination of Wilde’s early career, Making Oscar Wilde tells the story of a local Irish eccentric called Oscar who became a global cultural icon. Set on two continents, the book is a cultural history of sensation-hungry Victorian journalism and popular entertainment alongside racial controversies, sex scandals, and the rising power of Irish nationalism in the United States.
This conversation will be followed by a screening of the critically-acclaimed biopic The Happy Prince, starring Rupert Everett.
Dr Michèle Mendelssohn is a literary critic, cultural historian and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. Her new book- Making Oscar Wilde —has been described as a “MUST READ” (The Sunday Times), “prodigious” (The Observer), “fascinating” (The New Yorker), “extraordinary” (The Irish Times), and “astonishing” (The Gay & Lesbian Review). The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Times and The Advocate picked Making Oscar Wilde as one of 2018’s Best Books. It was one of The Guardian’s Best Summer Books, a Paris Review Staff Pick, and a BBC Culture top Book to Read.
Paul Burston is journalist, author and founder of the Polari Literary Salon and Polari First Book Prize. A founding editor of Attitude magazine, he has written for many publications including the Guardian, Time Out, The Times and The Sunday Times. He is the author of three books including Lovers and Losers, shortlisted for the Stonewall Award. In March 2016, he was featured in the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List 2016, celebrating 33 visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world. His new novel The Closer You Get will be published in 2019 as part of a two book deal with Orenda Press.
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