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The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde: The First Uncensored Transcript of The Trial of Oscar Wilde vs. John Douglas (Marquess of Queensberry), 1895

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London's Central Criminal Court Sessions Papers for April 1895 were blunt, declaring that "the details of this case are unfit for publication." The case was Oscar Wilde's first trial, a libel action brought against the Marquess of Queensberry for publicly calling him a homosexual. What unfolded in the court was one of Victorian London's most infamous scandals: the great, d ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Harper (first published November 1st 2003)
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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
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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
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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).
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.
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? ...more
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.
Steven
The decline and detached bemusement of Oscar Wilde.
B.T.
Oscar Wilde’s fantastic tales of romance, secrecy, and transgression of all social boundaries were not confined to the pages of his literature. Indifference to opinion of his literary art and its influence on others carried over into Wilde’s lifestyle. Wilde’s insatiable desire to surround himself with all things beautiful ultimately thrust him into a very dark and ugly world. During the trial, it became apparent that Wilde’s sexuality was neither the only issue nor the most significant. This ce ...more
Harvey
- from the jacket: "Merlin Holland has produced a gripping and fascinating volume that entirely supercedes previous accounts of that Queensberry Trial...it gives us, for the first time, a real sense of how Wilde spoke in conversation...Behind 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 fa ...more
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. ...more
Scott Jeremy Nino Roberts
The book cover looks interesting.
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
Kerry Price
Oct 01, 2008 Kerry Price rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adele
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.
D
Dec 07, 2008 D marked it as to-read-non-fiction  ·  review of another edition
Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde's grandson! Who knew?!
Jan de Leeuw
Authentic stuff, including transcript
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