"Oscar's Ghost: The Battle for Oscar Wilde's Legacy" by Laura Lee

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The dramatic story of the legal and emotional battle that raged between two of Oscar Wilde's closest friends – both former lovers – following the playwright's death

After the death of Oscar Wilde, two of the playwright's closest friends—both former lovers—went to battle against each other over who would control the narrative about Wilde's life, and who history would blame for his death. The battle between Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas, the playwright's greatest love, and Robert Ross, Wilde's friend and literary executor, led to the revelation of sexual secrets and personal letters, blackmail, stalking, and no fewer than five lawsuits. It was a struggle that was not only to have serious consequences for the two participants, but which also affected how Oscar Wilde is remembered today. Each man tried to use the secrets from their former intimacy against the other. Oscar's Ghost is the first book to focus solely on this heated feud and to considered as fairly as possible the dramatic events and questionable actions of all parties involved.

Includes previously unpublished letters between Douglas and Ross, the story of Douglas’s deathbed message to Wilde, and shines a light on one of the most mysterious figures in the Wilde scandal, with NEW information about Maurice Schwabe, who set in motion the chain of events that led to Wilde’s imprisonment.

– Laura Lee is the author of twenty books. In addition to her non-fiction works, she has written two novels and the children’s book, ‘A Child’s Introduction to Ballet’. She has a degree in Theatre from Oakland University, and alongside her writing career she has worked as a morning radio DJ, an improvisational comedian, a speech writer and a public relations director for a touring Russian ballet company. She has researched the Oscar Wilde circle and the feud between Ross and Douglas over several years. She lives in the Detroit metropolitan area.

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ISBN: 9781445662589
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amberley Publishing - August 15th, 2017

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Penguin Bookshop
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