20 December (1893): Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas

Oscar Wilde

In the following letter Oscar Wilde addresses  Lord Alfred Douglas, his former lover. Later, Douglas’s father, the Marquess of Queensbury, would bring Wilde to court after finding out about the relationship. Charged with “gross indecency,” Wilde spent two years in prison, partially on account of the homoerotic undertones of The Picture of Dorian Gray. The ex-lovers would come to launch stinging blows at each other only a few years after the writing of this letter. Wilde compared Douglas to a bored pet lion-cub, while Douglas called Wilde “the greatest  force of evil that has appeared in Europe for the last 350 years.”

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