Oscar Wilde and his Circle Companion

The National Portrait Gallery’s series of compact, fully illustrated, historical guides to literary andartistic personalities and themes. Written by well-known contemporary writers, they use works from the Gallery’s Collection to examine the lives, thoughts and relationships within each selected group.

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By Simon Callow

One of literature’s most witty personalities, Oscar Wilde captivated London society. In this perceptive appraisal of Wilde and those around him – including Aubrey Beardsley, Sir Max Beerbohm and Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred Douglas (‘Bosie’) – Simon Callow captures the spirit of one of Britain’s most feted, but ultimately tragic literary figures.

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