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Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess By Edited by Merlin Holland

Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess
by Edited by Merlin Holland

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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.
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Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde by Edited by Merlin Holland

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 quick succession in 1895, marking the beginning of the end for his celebrated career. In the first, he sued the Marquess of Queensberry for criminal libel for leaving his card at Wilde's club on which had been written "For Oscar Wilde posing sodomite". Wilde's case collapsed on the third day, when Queensberry's counsel, Edward Carson, started to introduce the evidence of young male prostitutes or "renters", whom the defence had found in London's homosexual underworld. Wilde was arrested the same evening and tried twice (the first ended in a hung jury) for "gross indecency". In this volume, the transcript of the trial that redirected Wilde's history is reproduced. It contains the actual exchanges that took place in the courtroom, raising new questions about Queensbury's intentions towards his son, as well as casting new light on Wilde's demeanour throughout the ordeal.

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Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess Reviews


PRAISE FOR THE COMPLETE LETTERS OF OSCAR WILDE: "The scholarship of Holland and Hart-Davis is as impeccable as their subject's wit, while the letters themselves bear comparison with any more conventional form of literary art." Times Literary Supplement "Meticulousy edited, intelligently annotated, the letters were a biographer's dream." Irish Times "These letters give us the human side of Wilde's legend and its human cost." Observer "The most comprehensive collection yet of Wilde's correspondence, charting his development from ambitious young man about town to literary dandy and tortured outcast" Guardian "To have the full weight of his letters published is almost like living his life with him...one puts down the letters heavy with mixed emotions - admiration, sorrow and exasperation." Daily Mail "Even those who know it well will once more fall under the spell of Wilde's charmed words as he sings his way to oblivion. This is a marvellous volume, fully worthy of Wilde's own genius." The Times "Oscar Wilde writes his own life in the newly revised and expanded Complete Letters. The one essential book on the subject." The Independent Books of the Year

About Edited by Merlin Holland


Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde's grandson and sole executor of his estate. He is a journalist and has been reasearching the life of his grandfather for the last 20 years. He lives in London.

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GOR001575319
Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde by Edited by Merlin Holland
Edited by Merlin Holland
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2003-04-07
400
0007154186
9780007154180
N/A
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