Poet, author, social iconoclast and cultural icon, Oscar Wilde left his mark on the world with literary masterpieces such as The Ballad of Reading Gaol, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Known for his hedonism and artistry, Wilde’s writing changed our 19th century culture and his ideas impacted countless creatives to come. Acclaimed biographer Matthew Sturgis brings Oscar Wilde’s own story to life in the first major biography written for thirty years, in Oscar Wilde: A Life.
A recent addition to the fantastic BridLit roster, Sturgis brings his research on Wilde to the table, as truth, in Wilde’s case, is as compelling as fiction. Sturgis will be giving a talk and presenting his biography this year, and he will be discussing Wilde’s life. As one of the first people to experience “celebrity culture”, one of the first men to break the 19th century taboo of homosexuality, and one of the most controversial figures of his day, Wilde’s history both reflects and generates much of our own culture today. The man who declared “I don’t regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure”, and ultimately died in a tragic way.
Chronicled with compassion and thorough attention, Matthew’s wealth of knowledge is eye-opening and reverential – do yourself a favour and don’t miss this event!
Thursday 8th Nov / Event 24a
The Bull Hotel Ballroom
To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901