The Trials of Oscar Wilde: An Account

Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law


Old Bailey, the main courthouse in London, had never presented a show quite like the three trials that captivated England and much of the literary world in the spring of 1895. Celebrity, sex, witty dialogue, political intrigue, surprising twists, and important issues of art and morality - is it any surprise that the trials of Oscar Wilde continue to fascinate one hundred years after the death of one of the world's greatest authors and playwrights?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: Famous Trials, Trial, Wilde, Oscar Wilde, Libel, Homosexual, Homosexuality, Sodomy, Queensberry, Marquess, Alfred Douglas, Portrait of Dorian Gray, Phrases and Philosophies for Use of the Young, The love that dare not speak its name

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41, K42

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Date posted: October 23, 2007  

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Linder, Douglas, The Trials of Oscar Wilde: An Account (2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1023971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1023971

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Douglas Linder (Contact Author)
University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States
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