The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde

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Harper Collins, Oct 5, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages

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.

 

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Contents

The First Magistrates Court Proceedings 2nd March 1895
1
The Second Magistrates Court Proceedings 9th March 1895
7
Regina Oscar Wilde v John Douglas 3rd5th April 1895
25
Edward Carsons Crossexamination of Oscar Wilde
64
On The Picture of Dorian Gray cont
80
On the Stolen Letters
103
On Alfred Wood
112
On William Allen
126
Sir Edward Clarkes Reexamination of Oscar Wilde
213
On Edward Shelley cont
230
On the Other Young Men
237
Edward Carsons Opening Speech for the Defence
249
Edward Carsons Opening Speech for the Defence cont
273
The Withdrawal of the Prosecution
280
Appendix B
294
Bibliography and Manuscript Sources
327

On Edward Shelley
134
On Alfonso Conway
144
Edward Carsons Crossexamination of Oscar Wilde cont
160
Index
335
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About the author (2004)

Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde's only grandson. He has been researching Wilde's life for the last twenty years. He is the coeditor of The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde.

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