DOI: 10.3138/md-66-2-rev8 ISSN: 0026-7694

Matthew Sturgis. Oscar Wilde: A Life

Kerry Powell
  • Literature and Literary Theory

Matthew Sturgis’s biography of Wilde challenges the pre-eminence of Richard Ellmann’s life study, correcting many of its errors, adding much that is new, and organizing Wilde’s life around factual events rather than works. Despite the book’s great merits, Sturgis’s categorical distinction between “historical” and “literary” biography may trouble some readers.