The Marquess of Queensberry

The Marquess of Queensberry
  • Author : Linda Stratmann
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 316
  • Relase : 2013-06-18
  • ISBN : 9780300173802

The Marquess of Queensberry Book Review:

DIVThe Marquess of Queensberry is as famous for his role in the downfall of one of our greatest literary geniuses as he was for helping establish the rules for modern-day boxing. Linda Stratmann’s biography paints a riveting, complex picture of this man./div

Oscar Wilde and Myself

Oscar Wilde and Myself
  • Author : Alfred Bruce Douglas
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 362
  • Relase : 1914
  • ISBN : PRNC:32101005362387

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  • Author : Murray Douglas
  • Publisher : Miramax Books
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 2002-06-19
  • ISBN : 0786887702

Bosie Book Review:

Lord Alfred Douglas, or 'Bosie' as he was known , is destined to be remembered as the lover of Oscar Wilde. Dissolute, well-born and beautiful as a young man, his role in the events that led to Oscar Wilde's trial and imprisonment determined the strange celebrity which haunted him until his death. Biographies of Wilde generally give only a cursory account of what happened to Douglas after Wilde's death, but Bosie recounts the full and absorbing story of his complex life. A successful though now obscure poet, he renounced homosexuality after converting to Roman Catholicism and embarked on an ill-fated marriage to Olive Custance. Lord Alfred's time was largely consumed by his growing interest in religion and costly feuds - he was imprisoned for libeling Winston Churchill - and he died a neglected and lonely figure in 1945. Douglas Murray has had unprecedented access to many letters and key literary manuscripts, and presents evidence which casts a new light on the relationship between Wilde and Bosie. Indeed, Murray has succeeded where Bosie himself failed in securing the release of a British government file which was to be sealed until 2043. The result is a genuinely groundbreaking biography, and the definitive account of a fascinating life.

Gross Indecency

Gross Indecency
  • Author : Moisés Kaufman
  • Publisher : Dramatists Play Service Inc
  • Pages : 85
  • Relase : 1999
  • ISBN : 0822216493

Gross Indecency Book Review:

THE STORY: In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde's young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, left a card at Wilde's club bearing the phrase posing somdomite. Wilde sued the Marquess for criminal libel. The defense denounced Wild

The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde

The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde
  • Author : Merlin Holland
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 2004-10-05
  • ISBN : 9780007158058

The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde Book Review:

Oscar Wilde had one of literary history's most explosive love affairs with Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas. In 1895, Bosie's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, delivered a note to the Albemarle Club addressed to "Oscar Wilde posing as sodomite." With Bosie's encouragement, Wilde sued the Marquess for libel. He not only lost but he was tried twice for "gross indecency" and sent to prison with two years' hard labor. With this publication of the uncensored trial transcripts, readers can for the first time in more than a century hear Wilde at his most articulate and brilliant. The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde documents an alarmingly swift fall from grace; it is also a supremely moving testament to the right to live, work, and love as one's heart dictates.

Irish Peacock & Scarlet Marquess

Irish Peacock & Scarlet Marquess
  • Author : Merlin Holland
  • Publisher : Fourth Estate (GB)
  • Pages : 340
  • Relase : 2003
  • ISBN : UOM:39015056839569

Irish Peacock & Scarlet Marquess Book Review:

One of the most famous love affairs in literary history is that of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Bosie Douglas. As a direct consequence of this relationship, Wilde underwent three trials in 1895. In this text, Merlin Holland presents the original transcript of the Wilde versus Queensberry trial.

The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde

The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde
  • Author : Neil McKenna
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 752
  • Relase : 2011-02-28
  • ISBN : 9781446456828

The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde Book Review:

‘I have put my genius into my life but only my talent into my work’. So said Oscar Wilde of his remarkable life – a life more complex, more erotic, more troubled and more triumphant than any of his contemporaries ever knew or suspected. Neil McKenna’s The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde charts fully for the first time Oscar’s astonishing erotic odyssey through Victorian London’s sexual underworld. Oscar Wilde emerges as a man driven personally and creatively by his powerful desires for sex with men, and Neil McKenna argues compellingly and convincingly that Oscar’s Wilde’s life and work can only be fully understood and appreciated in terms of his sexuality. The book draws of a vast range of sources, many of them previously unpublished, and includes startling new material like the statements made to the police by the male prostitutes and blackmailers ranged against Oscar Wilde at his trial which have been lost for over a century. Dazzlingly written, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde meticulously and brilliantly reconstructs Oscar Wilde’s emotional and sexual life, painting an astonishingly frank and vivid portrait of a troubled genius who chose to martyr himself for the cause of love between men.

Strong Boy

Strong Boy
  • Author : Christopher Klein
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2013-11-05
  • ISBN : 9781493001989

Strong Boy Book Review:

“I can lick any son-of-a-bitch in the world.” So boasted John L. Sullivan, the first modern heavyweight boxing champion of the world, a man who was the gold standard of American sport for more than a decade, and the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. He had a big ego, big mouth, and bigger appetites. His womanizing, drunken escapades, and chronic police-blotter presence were godsends to a burgeoning newspaper industry. The larger-than-life boxer embodied the American Dream for late nineteenth-century immigrants as he rose from Boston’s Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation. In the process, the “Boston Strong Boy” transformed boxing from outlawed bare-knuckle fighting into the gloved spectacle we know today. Strong Boy tells the story of America’s first sports superstar, a self-made man who personified the power and excesses of the Gilded Age. Everywhere John L. Sullivan went, his fists backed up his bravado. Sullivan’s epic brawls, such as his 75-round bout against Jake Kilrain, and his cross-country barnstorming tour in which he literally challenged all of America to a fight are recounted in vivid detail, as are his battles outside the ring with a troubled marriage, wild weight and fitness fluctuations, and raging alcoholism. Strong Boy gives readers ringside seats to the colorful tale of one of the country’s first Irish-American heroes and the birth of the American sports media and the country’s celebrity obsession with athletes.

The Return Of A. J. Raffles

The Return Of A. J. Raffles
  • Author : Graham Greene
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 252
  • Relase : 2011-05-31
  • ISBN : 9781446475997

The Return Of A. J. Raffles Book Review:

This play produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company has as its chief characters A. J. Raffles, the literary creation some seventy odd years ago of E. W. Hornung. The cool daring of the impeccable Amateur Cracksman, always torn between the rival claims of burglary and cricket, ensured his popularity in Edwardian England. Evading the dogged pursuit of Inspector Mackenzie of Scotland Yard, Hornung's character eventually met a hero's death in South Africa in the Boer War. Graham Greene's The Return of A. J. Raffles begins some months after. Raffles' loyal assistant Bunny still mourns his friend's death in Raffles' chambers in Albany, despite the blandishments of Lord Alfred Douglas. A visitor forces his way in - Raffles has cheated death as he once cheated Inspector Mackenzie - and immediately Lord Alfred sees in the Amateur Cracksman and Bunny heaven-sent instruments to revenge and disgrace of Oscar Wilde on his odious father, the Marquess of Queensberry... Graham Green never fails to surprise and delight admirers of his comic genius, and the twists and turns of this story of Edwardian high life, when Raffles returns to the scene of his earlier triumphs, provide a richly satisfying entertainment.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
  • Author : Matthew Sturgis
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Pages : 864
  • Relase : 2021-10-12
  • ISBN : 9780525656371

Oscar Wilde Book Review:

The fullest, most textural, most accurate—most human—account of Oscar Wilde's unique and dazzling life—based on extensive new research and newly discovered materials, from Wilde's personal letters and transcripts of his first trial to newly uncovered papers of his early romantic (and dangerous) escapades and the two-year prison term that shattered his soul and his life. "Simply the best modern biography of Wilde." —Evening Standard Drawing on material that has come to light in the past thirty years, including newly discovered letters, documents, first draft notebooks, and the full transcript of the libel trial, Matthew Sturgis meticulously portrays the key events and influences that shaped Oscar Wilde's life, returning the man "to his times, and to the facts," giving us Wilde's own experience as he experienced it. Here, fully and richly portrayed, is Wilde's Irish childhood; a dreamy, aloof boy; a stellar classicist at boarding school; a born entertainer with a talent for comedy and a need for an audience; his years at Oxford, a brilliant undergraduate punctuated by his reckless disregard for authority . . . his arrival in London, in 1878, "already noticeable everywhere" . . . his ten-year marriage to Constance Lloyd, the father of two boys; Constance unwittingly welcoming young men into the household who became Oscar's lovers, and dying in exile at the age of thirty-nine . . . Wilde's development as a playwright. . . becoming the high priest of the aesthetic movement; his successes . . . his celebrity. . . and in later years, his irresistible pull toward another—double—life, in flagrant defiance and disregard of England's strict sodomy laws ("the blackmailer's charter"); the tragic story of his fall that sent him to prison for two years at hard labor, destroying his life and shattering his soul.

Oscar Wilde's Scandalous Summer

Oscar Wilde's Scandalous Summer
  • Author : Antony Edmonds
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2014-07-02
  • ISBN : 9781445636467

Oscar Wilde's Scandalous Summer Book Review:

In the summer of 1894 Oscar Wilde spent eight weeks in Worthing, and it was during this family holiday that he wrote his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. The Worthing holiday was a microcosm of Wilde's turbulent life during the three years between his falling in love with Lord Alfred Douglas in 1892 and his imprisonment in 1895. Constance Wilde, lonely and depressed, became emotionally involved with her husband s publisher, to whom she wrote a love letter on the day he visited the Wildes in Worthing. Meanwhile Wilde was spending much of his time with the feckless and demanding Douglas, and with three teenage boys he took out sailing, swimming and fishing. One of these boys was Alphonse Conway, with whom Wilde had a sexual relationship, and about whom he was to be questioned at length and to damaging effect in court six months later when he sued Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, for libel. This book tells for the first time the full story of the Worthing summer, set in the context of the three years of Wilde's life before his downfall. In the final chapter the author reassesses the trials, offering fresh insights into Wilde s attitude to the boys and young men with whom he had sexual relations. There are fifty-six illustrations, over thirty of which are photographs of Worthing as it was in Wilde s time, and three contemporary maps of the town.

The Mad Bad Line

The Mad Bad Line
  • Author : Brian Roberts
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 420
  • Relase : 2016-10-19
  • ISBN : 1786080176

The Mad Bad Line Book Review:

'You had yourself often told me, ' Oscar Wilde wrote to Lord Alfred Douglas, 'how many of your race there had been who had stained their hands in their own blood; your uncle certainly, your grandfather possibly; many others in the mad, bad line from which you come.' Wilde's tragic involvement with Lord Alfred Douglas's family led him to believe anything he was told about the 'mad, bad line.' The truth was even stranger than he imagined. That Lord Alfred's grandfather, the 7th Marquess of Queensberry, committed suicide is more than a possibility. His eldest son, the 8th Marquess, was that noted eccentric famous for giving his name to the rules of boxing and for his persecution of Oscar Wilde. He had other claims to notoriety. His agnosticism resulted in his expulsion from the House of Lords; he quarrelled violently with all his sons, the eldest of whom was found dead in suspicious circumstances. His part in the Wilde affair is well-known, but this book throws new light on the trials. It reveals, among other things, that when Lord Queensberry supposedly forced Wilde to prosecute him -- by leaving a libellous visiting card -- Wilde had already instructed his solicitors to take legal action. It also explores Lord Rosebery's role in the cause cElEbre. There is, in addition, the curious story of the arrest in America, while the Wilde trials were proceeding, of Lord Queensberry's youngest son. Nor was the 8th Marquess the only eccentric in the Douglas family. His mother shocked London society by supporting the Fenians; one of his brothers was killed in the first ascent of the Matterhorn; another brother cut his throat in a London hotel. The Marquess's eldest sister created a scandal by marrying a baker's boy, twenty years her junior, and his youngest sister, Lady Florence Dixie -- author, explorer, ardent feminist and champion of the Zulus -- was, in her day, almost as controversial as Marquess himself. Based on much original research, Brian Roberts' immensely readable book examines this extraordinary family more fully than ever before, previous studies of the Queensberrys having been mainly concerned with the various Marquesses' sporting activities.

The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss
  • Author : David Hare
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Pages : 128
  • Relase : 2012-10-04
  • ISBN : 9780571297559

The Judas Kiss Book Review:

Oscar Wilde's philosophy leads him on a path to destruction. The Judas Kiss describes two pivotal moments: the day Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment, and the night when the lover for whom he risked everything betrays him. With a burning sense of outrage, David Hare presents the consequences of an uncompromisingly moral position in a world defined by fear and conformity. Originally produced in the West End and on Broadway, this new edition coincides with a 2012 revival. 'Superbly written... Hare has taken a history and pieced it together with heroic grace... Vastly rich, sophisticated and heartbreaking.' Time Out, New York

The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 1956
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105044953110

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Oscar wilde and the black douglas,by marquess of queensberry

Oscar wilde and the black douglas,by marquess of queensberry
  • Author : Marquess Queensberry
  • Publisher :
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 1949
  • ISBN : OCLC:867969325

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De Profundis

De Profundis
  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Les Prairies Numeriques
  • Pages : 34
  • Relase : 2020-10-28
  • ISBN : 2382748141

De Profundis Book Review:

De Profundis is a letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to "Bosie" (Lord Alfred Douglas).In its first half Wilde recounts their previous relationship and extravagant lifestyle which eventually led to Wilde's conviction and imprisonment for gross indecency. He indicts both Lord Alfred's vanity and his own weakness in acceding to those wishes. In the second half, Wilde charts his spiritual development in prison and identification with Jesus Christ, whom he characterises as a romantic, individualist artist. The letter began "Dear Bosie" and ended "Your Affectionate Friend".Wilde wrote the letter between January and March 1897, close to the end of his imprisonment. Contact had lapsed between Douglas and Wilde and the latter had suffered from his close supervision, physical labour, and emotional isolation. Nelson, the new prison governor, thought that writing might be more cathartic than prison labour. He was not allowed to send the long letter which he was allowed to write "for medicinal purposes" each page was taken away when completed, and only at the end could he read it over and make revisions. Nelson gave the long letter to him on his release on 18 May 1897.Wilde entrusted the manuscript to the journalist Robert Ross (another former lover, loyal friend, and rival to "Bosie"). Ross published the letter in 1905, five years after Wilde's death, giving it the title "De Profundis" from Psalm 130. It was an incomplete version, excised of its autobiographical elements and references to the Queensberry family various editions gave more text until in 1962 the complete and correct version appeared in a volume of Wilde's letters.In 1891 Wilde began an intimate friendship with Lord Alfred Douglas, a young, vain aristocrat. As the two grew closer, family and friends on both sides urged Wilde and Douglas to lessen their contact. Lord Alfred's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, often feuded with his son over the topic. Especially after the suicide death of his eldest son, the Viscount Drumlanrig, Queensberry privately accused them of improper acts and threatened to cut off Lord Alfred's allowance. When they refused, he began publicly harassing Wilde. In early 1895 Wilde had reached the height of his fame and success with his plays An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest on stage in London. When Wilde returned from holidays after the premieres, he found Queensberry's card at his club with the inscription: "For Oscar Wilde, posing somdomite ".Unable to bear further insults and encouraged by Lord Alfred (who wanted to attack his father in every possible way), Wilde sued Queensberry for criminal libel. Wilde withdrew his claim as the defence began, but the Judge deemed that Queensberry's accusation was justified. The Crown promptly issued a warrant for his arrest and he was charged with gross indecency with other men under the Labouchere Amendment in April 1895.

Famous Trials

Famous Trials
  • Author : Montgomery H. Hyde
  • Publisher : Penguin Uk
  • Pages : 327
  • Relase : 1995
  • ISBN : 0140018573

Famous Trials Book Review:

Four days after the opening of Oscar Wilde's most popular and witty play The Importance of Being Earnest, the Marquess of Queensberry threw down a gauntlet to the playwright in the form of a card - the catalyst for one of the most bizarre contests ever staged at the Old Bailey. Wilde's prosecution for libel and his own subsequent prosecution by the Crown for gross indecency showed a man completely at odds with a class-ridden society that was rife with snobbery and narrow-mindedness. This book describes the case.

The Promise of May

The Promise of May
  • Author : Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 96
  • Relase : 2015-06-17
  • ISBN : 1514385791

The Promise of May Book Review:

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. Tennyson excelled at penning short lyrics, such as "Break, Break, Break," "The Charge of the Light Brigade," "Tears, Idle Tears" and "Crossing the Bar." Much of his verse was based on classical mythological themes, such as Ulysses, although In Memoriam A.H.H. was written to commemorate his friend Arthur Hallam, a fellow poet and student at Trinity College, Cambridge, after he died of a stroke aged just 22. Tennyson also wrote some notable blank verse including Idylls of the King, "Ulysses," and "Tithonus." During his career, Tennyson attempted drama, but his plays enjoyed little success. A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplaces of the English language, including "Nature, red in tooth and claw" (In Memoriam A.H.H.), "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all," "Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die," "My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure," "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield," "Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers," and "The old order changeth, yielding place to new." He is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

An Appeal to the Ladies of Hyderabad

An Appeal to the Ladies of Hyderabad
  • Author : Benjamin B. Cohen
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2019-07-08
  • ISBN : 9780674239227

An Appeal to the Ladies of Hyderabad Book Review:

Benjamin Cohen tells the dramatic story of Mehdi Hasan and Ellen Donnelly, whose marriage convulsed high society in nineteenth-century India and whose notorious trial reverberated throughout the British Empire, setting the benchmark for Victorian scandals. In the struggle of one couple, he exposes the fault lines that would soon tear a world apart.

Oscar Wilde in Context

Oscar Wilde in Context
  • Author : Kerry Powell,Peter Raby
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 438
  • Relase : 2013-12-12
  • ISBN : 9781107016132

Oscar Wilde in Context Book Review:

Concise and illuminating articles explore Oscar Wilde's life and work in the context of the turbulent landscape of his time.