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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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The Peer and the Poet

The Peer and the Poet

(p.214) Chapter 17 The Peer and the Poet
The Marquess of Queensberry

Linda Stratmann

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between Bosie and Wilde. Bosie was sufficiently alarmed by his father's bid to shower Wilde with vegetables to buy Wilde a swordstick so that he could defend himself against possible assault. Wilde, in the meantime, had instructed his solicitor to prosecute Queensberry for threats and insulting conduct. Queensberry received a batch of letters, some anonymous and some signed, and passed them on to his daughter-in-law. He was overwhelmed with horrible evidence to fortify his own position and accused Minnie and Percy of living in the sphere of ignorance and mist. The family was understandably afraid that Queensberry's campaign would end by incriminating Bosie but he pointed out to Percy that he had only told him about the scrape at Oxford.

Keywords:   Queensberry, Bosie, Wilde, insulting conduct, letters, Oxford

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