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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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In the Dock

In the Dock

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(p.227) Chapter 18 In the Dock
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The Marquess of Queensberry
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Linda Stratmann

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300173802.003.0018

This chapter elaborates on the different aspects of court proceedings faced by Queensberry, whose trial, commented Sir Travers Humphreys, exhibited all the features of a cause célèbre. As Queensberry pleaded not guilty to the indictment on the grounds that the libel was true and published for the public's benefit, he cast a glance of undisguised contempt at Wilde. Sir Edward Clarke rose to make the opening statement for the prosecution. As he spoke, an intensely attentive quiet fell over the courtroom. Queensberry, perhaps relieved that the trial had begun at last, appeared more at ease and occasionally smiled and nodded. During Wilde's questioning by Clarke, Queensberry's expression did not change but was complemented occasionally by subdued and angry mutterings.

Keywords:   Queensberry, Bosie, Wilde, court proceedings

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