The Trials of Oscar Wilde

  • by Gyles Brandreth
  • Narrated by Martin Jarvis
  • 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born in Dublin in 1854 Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was educated at Oxford where he achieved a double first. His reputation as a dramatist, poet, and novelist was established in only seven years; from his first short story "The Happy Prince" to The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895. He died in Paris in 1900 ruined by a notorious libel case and two years in Reading gaol.On 18th February 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry left a visiting card at the Albemarle Club on which he had written: "To Oscar Wilde posing as a sodomite." The accusation led to a series of three trials and the imprisonment of Wilde. This compelling dramatic recreation has been carefully compiled from the original trial transcripts.
Performed almost entirely by Martin Jarvis taking the parts of barristers, witnesses, judge, jury, and, of course, Oscar Wilde. It captures the flavour of the trials exactly.


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Wow! What a performance!

Martin Jarvis performs a true tour de force in this work, taking the part of every character in the play (often alternating characters line to line) and making each one a truely unique theatrical creation. If you want to hear great audio acting--this is the one for you! The play is also fascinating, having been taken directly from the records of the famous trials. Witty, engrossing, and deepy tragic, this is a superb audio performance that should please any listener. I can't recommend it too highly!
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- Gwynne O'Reagan

Oscar Wilde dramatized

What can be said about these trials. Nothing that hasn't already been stated. So this takes the highlights of the trials and the transcripts and gives us a look at the proceedings as they might have occurred. Poor Oscar Wilde.
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- augustine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2006
  • Publisher: CSA Word