Irish Peacock & Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde

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Fourth Estate, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
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.

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The First Magistrates Court Proceedings 2nd March 1895

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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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