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Oscar Wilde and Myself

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Oscar Wilde and Myself by Lord Alfred Douglas provides a deeply personal and intimate look into the friendship and tumultuous relationship between the author and the famous playwright Oscar Wilde. Douglas gives readers insight into Wilde's character, wit, and brilliance, as well as the tragic events that led to his downfall.

Through Douglas's vivid and emotional writing, readers are able to experience the highs and lows of their relationship, from the excitement of their earliest encounters to the heartbreak of Wilde's imprisonment and death. Douglas's love and admiration for Wilde shine through in every page, making this book a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable man.

While some may find Douglas's perspective biased or unreliable, there is no denying the raw emotion and honesty in his storytelling. Overall, Oscar Wilde and Myself offers a unique and compelling glimpse into the life of one of the most celebrated figures in literary history, as seen through the eyes of someone who knew him best.

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The first memoir by the poet Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas was written 14 years after the death of Oscar Wilde and in the aftermath of Douglas's failed prosecution of Arthur Ransome for libel. Ransome, in his "Oscar Wilde, a Critical Study," had quoted from the expurgated portions of Wilde's prison letter to Douglas, "De Profundis", which was highly critical of his former friend and lover. Having failed to convince a jury that he had been libelled, Douglas appealed instead to posterity by writing his memoir. In "Oscar Wilde and Myself" Douglas refutes Wilde's version of the events that led to his imprisonment and takes swipes at Ransome, Wilde's friend Robert Ross, other biographers of Wilde, and Wilde's overzealous imitators. He also critiques Wilde's writing and character and concludes that the Irish playwright will soon be forgotten.


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