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Book Review: Making Oscar Wilde

Book Review: Making Oscar Wilde Book Review Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work 1-2 Book Review ª The Author(s) 2021 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/aff Mendelssohn, M. (2018). Making Oscar Wilde. Oxford University Press. 360 pp. $24.95 (hardcover). ISBN: 978- 0-19-880236-5. Reviewed by: Beth Bidlack ,Mount Holyoke College,South Hadley,MA,USA DOI: 10.1177/08861099211015827 According to the author, the making of Oscar Wilde (i.e., what made or formed him) was his 1882 yearlong American lecture tour, which was, in part, intended by its organizers to promote the American production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Patience, a satire of the Aesthetic Movement. Some scholars believe that Wilde was a model for the opera’s character Bunthorne. The bulk of the book (Part 2) focuses on Wilde’s American tour. Part 1 of the book (covering the years 1854–1881) highlights events and experiences in Wilde’s life that influenced his time in the United States—his father’s death and his mother’s adoration, his studies at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University, and his embrace of the Aesthetic Movement, which valued the ideal of beauty over social or political themes in art, literature, and music. The motto of the movement was “art for art’s sake.” The third and final part of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Affilia SAGE

Book Review: Making Oscar Wilde

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Book Review Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work 1-2 Book Review ª The Author(s) 2021 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/aff Mendelssohn, M. (2018). Making Oscar Wilde. Oxford University Press. 360 pp. $24.95 (hardcover). ISBN: 978- 0-19-880236-5. Reviewed by: Beth Bidlack ,Mount Holyoke College,South Hadley,MA,USA DOI: 10.1177/08861099211015827 According to the author, the making of Oscar Wilde (i.e., what made or formed him) was his 1882 yearlong American lecture tour, which was, in part, intended by its organizers to promote the American production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Patience, a satire of the Aesthetic Movement. Some scholars believe that Wilde was a model for the opera’s character Bunthorne. The bulk of the book (Part 2) focuses on Wilde’s American tour. Part 1 of the book (covering the years 1854–1881) highlights events and experiences in Wilde’s life that influenced his time in the United States—his father’s death and his mother’s adoration, his studies at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University, and his embrace of the Aesthetic Movement, which valued the ideal of beauty over social or political themes in art, literature, and music. The motto of the movement was “art for art’s sake.” The third and final part of the

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