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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Astonishing performance by Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis excels himself. He vividly brings the trials to life, using the actual words of the court transcripts. He produces an astounding range of characterization to all those involved, from judges and barristers down to post office messenger boys. He is particularly good with Oscar Wilde himself, highlighting his mercurial wit, without lapsing into caricature. Well done all involved!
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- Nicholas


This was superb. Martin Jarvis' reading was excellent, he varied his voice for the different characters bringing the drama to life. The story itself is compelling and shows how brutal and unjust the British Legal System can be, a trait that unfortunately is still here today with sexual and terrorism 'offences'.
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- Francis Carpenter

Book Details

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