Oscar Wilde Discovers America: A Novel

By: Edwards, Louis

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In January 1882, Oscar Wilde arrived in New York to begin a nationwide publicity tour. Mentioned in a few newspaper articles -- but barely a footnote in the history books -- was the black valet who accompanied him. In a daring and richly imaginative work, Louis Edwards rescues this figure from obscurity, blurring the line between fact and fiction as he follows Wilde and his gifted confidant, Traquair, on a whirlwind tour across the country, from high-society Newport to art-conscious San Francisco to the Deep South.

Edwards's brilliantly conjured Wilde astounds the New World with his eloquent lectures and larger-than-life presence, while Traquair delights in the greatest year of his youth: losing his virginity in a Washington, D. C., brothel; meeting Jefferson Davis in Mississippi; falling hopelessly in love in St. Louis; and learning about his own family's secret history. Juxtaposed with Traquair's experiences are those of his Caucasian best friend, Baxter, who travels to England and becomes enmeshed in a circle of luminaries including Lady Wilde, James Whistler, Lillie Langtry, and Wilde's future wife, Constance Lloyd.

Combining seductive, epigrammatic language and a unique perspective on class and race in late-nineteenth-century America, "Oscar Wilde Discovers America" builds to a surprising climax that offers a chilling forecast of the tragic destiny of Wilde and a stunning redefinition of the American spirit.

Title: Oscar Wilde Discovers America: A Novel

Author Name: Edwards, Louis

Categories: Old West, Historical Fiction, Gay/Lesbian,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: NY ., Scribner: 2003

ISBN Number: 0743236890

ISBN Number 13: 9780743236898

Binding: Cloth & Boards

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Type: Book

Size: 8vo -- 9.25 in

Seller ID: 005334

Description: 287 pp. Nearly new, no markings, price sticker on dj. An historical novel based on Wilde's tour of the American West and the experiences of his black valet.