Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
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In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde’s young lover, left a card at Wilde’s club accusing him of being a “posing somdomite.” Wilde sued for criminal libel. The defense denounced Wilde’s art and literature as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, “It would appear that what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Wilde’s art!” In the end Queensberry was acquitted, and evidence that had been gathered against Wilde compelled the Crown to prosecute himView more
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