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

Irish Peacock Scarlet Marquess The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde 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 success

  • Title: Irish Peacock & Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde
  • Author: Merlin Holland
  • ISBN: 9780007154180
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Irish Peacock & Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde

    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 sOne 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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    1. Evan

      There actually were three trials of Oscar Wilde, of which this book reconstructs only the first, although the introductory and supplemental text fails to make this very clear. Buried deep in the text near the end of the book is the fact that the records of the subsequent two trials have been mysteriously lost.What does become clear in reading this detailed blow-by-blow of Wilde's April 1895 libel action against the Marquess of Queensberry is that the "trials of Oscar Wilde" cannot be made into s [...]

    2. Chris

      Unless you have been living undera rock (and if you are, can I join you?) there is whole primary election thing happening here in the U.S. In short, the media tells everyone who to vote for, and every so often a group of people vote for someone different. This person is usually strange and makes the media know it alls stupids plundits scratch thier heads. This is done so the chances of electing someone who know what he/she is doing is small.At the very least, it does lead to debates that are as [...]

    3. Alexis Hall

      Brought to you courtesy of Reading Project 2015.I read this for the trial transcripts - which, for them as interested in this sort of thing, I should emphasise are just of the first.Since I was in it solely for said transcripts, the extensive preamble got in my way, but it's useful context if you're not already achingly familiar with the material.

    4. Laura

      From BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama:Oscar Wilde's courtroom battle with the Marquess of Queensbury. Wilde naturally assumes that he can take on the man who invented the rules of boxing and win. Based on the book "Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess" by Merlin Holland (Oscar's grandson).

    5. Abigail

      I had a chance to read this book while I was on my anniversary trip at the Sylvia Beach Hotel. Reading about Oscar Wilde's trial was very interesting and frustrating at the same time. Interesting because Wilde had such an entertaining personality, and he says some really brilliant things about art throughout the trial.  But it was also frustrating because the case would never have stood up in court today. Half the trial was "Mr. Wilde writes about men who are gay therefore he's gay, therefore [...]

    6. Laura LVD

      Muy interesante libro acerca del juicio por indecencia de Oscar Wilde.Contiene transcripciones de los juicios, algunas fotos de involucrados en el caso y también material que no había visto antes como fotos de cartas de puño y letra del escritor y personas relacionadas con el juicio.Por otro lado, es un libro muy triste. No sólo por las implicaciones que tuvo el juicio para Wilde y su familia (el autor del libro es el nieto del escritor por lo cual lo cuenta como testigo privilegiado) sino t [...]

    7. Matthew

      It was fascinating to read Carson's interpretation of the modes of the Aesthetes' style and works as signifiers of a homosexual identity. One can read the transcript of this trial as anticipating/fashioning a modern homosexual identity. It was also fascinating to follow Wilde as his self-confidence and wit shatters under cross-examination. I share the opinion of many that Wilde foolishly led himself towards self-destruction through his case against Queensberry. What was his reason for doing so? [...]

    8. Elsa

      This was extremely interesting. I loved reading the actual transcipts of the trial. But, by nature of it being a transcript, I didn't get into the flow of the story of the events, other than Merlin's lengthy preface at the beginning. After slogging through a while, I realized that pretty much all I needed to know about Ocar's trial had already been accounted for me, and that there was little left for me to gain except for the occasional witty quip in the court room--nice, but generally unneeded. [...]

    9. Sandi

      Fascinating, horrifying, embarrassing, painful--Oscar Wilde's first trial shows what can happen when the audience doesn't get the joke. This is a reconstruction of Wilde's first trial, where Wilde was the plaintiff, accusing the Marquess of Queensbury of libel for accusing Wilde of "posing somdomite." Even though Wilde was the plaintiff, it was clear from this transcript that Wilde was really the one on trial as he took on the burden of proof to show that he wasn't what the Marquess accused him [...]

    10. Paul Bulger

      Courtroom transcripts are rarely this entertaining. The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde is not what I expected it to be. I had anticipated this to be an actual book about Oscar Wilde's infamous libel lawsuit, not the literal courtroom transcripts, and while some of the transcripts are a bit dry, uninteresting, and repetitive, the thing that truly stands out and makes this a delightful read is Wilde's wit.Oscar Wilde seemed a delightful personality, as he nimbly twists around the words of his examiners [...]

    11. Alyssa

      Not much can be said about this book apart from the fact it is wholly what it appears to be. The transcripts are fascinating and at many points vividly entertaining, but they are still transcripts.

    12. Emilia Barnes

      A fascinating read. It is a transcript of the actual trial (I believe the first of them) that would eventually lead to Oscar Wilde's prosecution and arrest - this takes up the bulk of the book, and for anyone who is a fan of Oscar Wilde this is a treasure, because you can read an actual conversation he had, and you can tell when he is being flippant and when he is getting angry. But there is also an introduction by his grandson, which includes bits about his private life, and the recollections o [...]

    13. Harvey

      - from the jacket: "Merlin Holland has produced a gripping and fascinating volume that entirely supercedes previous accounts of that Queensberry Trial gives us, for the first time, a real sense of how Wilde spoke in conversationBehind the arrogance there no doubt lay nerves, and a tangle of other feelings - the same feelings that had led him Wilde to embark on the libel action in the first place. And at some level he seems to have been seeking out his own doom: it is what raises his fate above [...]

    14. Jennifer

      very interesting how this book came about. it's transcribed from the short hand of court clerks present at OW's 1st trai. i wish it was the 2nd one too! :) great read and hard to put down. very exciting but of course sad b/c we know how it all ends. probably the closest we'll ever get to hearing OW's actual way of speaking. really makes you feel like a fly on the wall. :) bzzzzz

    15. Acacia

      This is an incredible book; it is a complete record of the actual transcripts from the libel trial that led subsequently to Wilde's conviction, edited and noted by his own grandson!!! Well worth a read if you're an Oscar Wilde fan, particularly to see his almost self-destructive fall from grace.

    16. Kerry Price

      An absolute must read for anyone interested in Victorian-era counterculture. The book reads like a play, but is in fact the closest thing to an accurate trial transcript out there. The detailed descriptions of everyday life that come through in the cross-examination are wonderful.

    17. Susan

      A Friends of the Library Sale find, which I read in a single sitting. (I'll go back later for the front- and backmatter.) Whoever could've imagined that legal proceedings from 120 years ago could be so captivating? Sure, it was tax week, and I might've been a teeny bit avoidant, but still.

    18. Terence Manleigh

      For Wildeans, a must-have: the uncensored transcript of the Wilde-Queensberry libel trial. It's riveting stuff.

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