Oscar Wilde’s Trial for Libel Begins on This Date

Oscar Wilde

On this date in 1895, a trial of a libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins. The trial eventually results in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality, the “love that dare not speak its name.” Poet W. H. Auden wrote, “From the beginning Wilde performed his life and continued to do so even after fate had taken the plot out of his hands.” Wilde’s wife wrote, “I think his fate is rather like Humpty Dumpty’s; quite as tragic and quite as impossible to put right.”

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