Bosie by Douglas Murray
The Man, The Poet, The Lover of Oscar Wilde

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Lord Alfred Douglas, or 'Bosie' as he was known , is destined to be remembered as the lover of Oscar Wilde. Dissolute, well-born and beautiful as a young man, his role in the events that led to Oscar Wilde's trial and imprisonment determined the strange celebrity which haunted him until his death. Biographies of Wilde generally give only a cursory account of what happened to Douglas after Wilde's death, but Bosie recounts the full and absorbing story of his complex life. A successful though now obscure poet, he renounced homosexuality after converting to Roman Catholicism and embarked on an ill-fated marriage to Olive Custance. Lord Alfred's time was largely consumed by his growing interest in religion and costly feuds - he was imprisoned for libeling Winston Churchill - and he died a neglected and lonely figure in 1945.

Douglas Murray has had unprecedented access to many letters and key literary manuscripts, and presents evidence which casts a new light on the relationship between Wilde and Bosie. Indeed, Murray has succeeded where Bosie himself failed in securing the release of a British government file which was to be sealed until 2043. The result is a genuinely groundbreaking biography, and the definitive account of a fascinating life.


About Douglas Murray

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Murray Douglas is the Vice Chairman of Brunschwig & Fils and the niece of Zelina Brunschwig. She teaches at the New York School of Interior Design, and was honored by House Beautiful in 2003 as a Giant of Design. Chippy Irvine is a former fashion designer. She is a well known author of several design and decorating books.
Published June 28, 2000 by Miramax Books. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Travel. Non-fiction

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Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, had the face and body of a classic Greek statue, and his life, in which fate and his own hubris interacted disastrously, could constitute a Greek tragedy. One come

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As Murray shows, at every point in his life Douglas made poor judgments--sabotaging his career as a poet and editor, resorting to libel and rushing to litigation in a clearly hostile court system, destroying a strange but loving marriage, losing his son and his social standing--and then even crim...

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The almost equally well-known reply was by Cecil Browne: 'But not so odd/As those who choose/A Jewish God/But spurn the Jews.' A less familiar riposte came from the American author and Yiddishist Leo Rosten: 'Not odd/Of God./Goyim/Annoy/'im.' Earl Dachslager The Woodlands, Texas From Earl Dachs...

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