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Written by an acquaintance of Douglas who does a better job than most at capturing Douglas's personality, although I was left feeling that no one ever did manage to capture it fully. Croft-Cooke argues that Douglas did himself a disservice with his own autobiographies, which do not capture his lightness and humor. This is something I have sensed after reading his correspondence with Shaw and then his own books. I keep reading about Douglas hoping to find the delight I found in his correspondence ...more
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“IT was a sad if not an altogether broken young man who came to live in London after Wilde’s death. He could not yet realize that people, and particularly people in what was still called Society, had an uneasy conscience about their treatment of his friend and would fasten on him as a convenient scapegoat. We did not kill the man’s genius, they said in effect, we did not encourage a conspiracy to imprison him by means of a preposterous law, we are not to blame for his barren last years and early death; it was all the fault of this young man who bewitched him into a disastrous attack on his father, who is still free, rich, handsome, as we are not.”
“He thought it exceedingly unlikely that he would ever have married any girl, however many millions she had, if he had not loved her, and this was probably true enough, for what it is worth. Love and a million dollars is obviously a more attractive proposition than love without it, especially to a young man whose only skills were sonneteering and riding, who had been brought up to the idea of wealth and who had just run through most of his inheritance.”More quotes…