It’s been a long time since I managed to find the time to contribute a blog to Good Reads. Lots of exciting projects in hand – and one of them is the privileged job of proofreading ‘The Coward Does It With A Kiss’, Rohase Piercy’s imagined letters to Oscar Wilde from his wife Constance.
Apart from marvelling at the incisive clarity with which Rohase depicts Constance’s thoughts, ambitions and eventual mental anguish, I was struck by how full a life Constance was leading in the years before her husband’s downfall led to her own eclipse. She participated in literary, cultural and political movements, wrote her own stories, befriended the luminaries of London and managed to be a loving mother to two children – not to mention a supportive wife to the dazzling Oscar.
Today happens to be International Women’s Day, and it seems appropriate to pause and admire the grace and courage with which Constance fulfilled the multiple roles of her short life (she died aged only 40 - Rohase tells me that Wikipedia have got her dates wrong). Forgotten on the sidelines, it would seem, there’s so much to more to her story than that of a wronged wife. But you’ll be able to find out for yourselves when ‘The Coward’ gets published again – another effort by The Raven’s Book Bunker. Look out for it in April and follow Rohase’s blog for more updates!