10 thoughts on “Review: The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Deviance, Morality, and Late-Victorian Society, Michael Foldy

  1. I have yet to read anything about Oscar Wilde’s trial, and just added this to my “to read” list a few days ago, so this post comes at great timing for me! Sounds like a good place for a Wilde novice like me to start.

    • Goody! I love him! Since you didn’t ask, Merlin Holland’s The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde is an amazing and well-end-noted transcript of Wilde’s first trial, the libel one; and Gary Schmidgall’s The Stranger Wilde is generally marvelous and deals with the trials (among other things). YOU ARE WELCOME.

  2. I was in the library looking for books for an essay that’s due in a few days, and I was procrastinating by reading your blog when I realized that actually this is the very book I need for my essay, and I just went and checked it out. So thank you very much!

    • You’re welcome! If you ever, ever, ever need recommendations for books about any Oscar Wilde topic, please get in touch with me straight away and I WILL HELP YOU. FOREVER.

  3. I love it when you talk Oscar Wilde to me!

    We were watching the Ben Barnes/ Colin Firth movie of Dorian Gray this weekend and I was sitting there thinking that some of the “twisted soul” business was about the way Wilde’s tastes were seen as twisted in his society; he said once that the painter, Dorian, and the older friend in that story were all aspects of how he was seen by others.

    • Hahahaha, look, I will talk Oscar Wilde to you EVERY SINGLE EVERY DAY. (I am using lots of caps in my comment replies right now but only because I have had several beers on an empty stomach.)

      The thing you mention that Oscar Wilde said is one of my favorite things to tell people when they have just read Dorian Gray. 😀

      What did you think about the Dorian Gray film? My sensors got thrown off because Rebecca Hall was in it, and I have the hugest girl-crush on Rebecca Hall and deeply resent that she is not a trillion times famouser than she is.

      • The teenagers and I loved the Dorian Gray film, but maybe not for the same reasons the filmmakers might have hoped. We’ve been calling it “Dorian Gray Gets Some Tail.” I had a conversation with Trapunto about it in the comments to last week’s post on Maul.

  4. I remember coming across an egregiously horrible reference to Wilde in one of Dornford Yates’ non-fiction books (Yates’s fiction is full of xenophobia, particularly against the Germans, and class stereotypes), in which Bosie was painted as the good guy and led astray by Wilde… (though the anecdote was primarily about the lawyer Marshall Hall).

    I don’t understand the attraction myself, but the rant against Wilde was quite disconcertingly vicious.

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