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The Marquess of QueensberryWilde's Nemesis$
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Linda Stratmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300173802

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300173802.001.0001

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A Serious Slight

A Serious Slight

(p.161) Chapter 13 A Serious Slight
The Marquess of Queensberry

Linda Stratmann

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the different aspects of serious slights experienced by Queensberry, who, in his late forties, began to experience a severe and embarrassing sexual problem, eventually becoming impotent. Later evidence suggests that he may have developed what is now known as Peyronie's disease. For this intensely active, masculine man, who believed that body and soul were indivisibly linked and to whom physical strength and endurance were central to his perception of self, the onset of impotence must have been a catastrophe of no small order. Queensberry's life, which had been a series of shocks and rebuffs, some due to his own uncompromising nature and, for his time, unorthodox views, was entering a phase of almost permanent open conflict. Queensberry's missives to Rosebery were adopting a more violent and insulting tone.

Keywords:   Queensberry, slight, impotency, masculine man, conflicts

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