Since the 1960s, when his work gained a new recognition in the literary canon, biographies of Oscar Wilde and critical analysis of his work have become commonplace. While this writing acknowledged the "fact" of Wilde's homosexuality, it did not, for the most part, explore the complexity of the impact it had upon his life and work. This is remedied in Neil Bartlett's Who Was That Man?,which squarely places Wilde in a gay historical context and literary tradition.
Neil Bartlett- an openly gay British novelist, critic and leading innovator on the British stage - has produced the one of the most remarkable books ever written on Wilde. Who Was That Man? is a personal meditation on Wilde's work and the relevance of the artist and playwright in the contemporary world. Bartlett uses his own experience as a gay man to understand Wilde's life and manages, through extensive historical research and evocative language, to make observations and connections and illuminate our understanding of the writer and his place in his own world and ours.
Serpent's Tail, London, 1988. Paperback, 256 pages, 23.3 cm x 15.6cm.