The Green Carnation


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(3.8 stars; 2 reviews)

The Green Carnation, first published anonymously in 1894, was a scandalous novel by Robert Hichens whose lead characters are closely based on Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas - also known as 'Bosie', whom the author personally knew. It was an instant succès de scandale on both sides of the Atlantic. The book features the characters of 'Esmé Amarinth' (Wilde), and 'Lord Reginald (Reggie) Hastings' (Douglas). The words put in the mouths of the hero and his young friend in the story are mostly gathered from the sayings of their originals. Robert Hichens spent nearly a year "in the company of the men" and was able to accurately recreate the atmosphere and relationship between Oscar and Bosie. The book was withdrawn from circulation in 1895, but by that time the damage had been done. Wilde soon stood three consecutive trials for Gross Indecency and was sentenced to two years at hard labor. The Green Carnation was one of the works used against him by the prosecution. (Summary by Wikipedia) (4 hr 52 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 17:35 Read by ElleyKat
Chapter 2 12:45 Read by James K. White
Chapter 3 16:49 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 4 10:34 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 5 26:51 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 6 18:53 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 7 25:59 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 8 15:38 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 9 15:37 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 10 30:38 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 11 25:58 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 12 15:23 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 13 19:01 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 14 29:20 Read by Lisa Reichert
Chapter 15 11:53 Read by Lisa Reichert

Reviews


(3 stars)

It was okay but I found it hard to pay attention to in full. Some parts seemed to lag a bit. I'm glad to have heard this as I'm interested in Wilde but wouldn't give it a 2nd go.