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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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Original Notions

Original Notions

(p.81) Chapter 7 Original Notions
The Marquess of Queensberry

Linda Stratmann

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the different aspects of Queensberry's original notions. Queensberry's long spiritual journey, which had begun in 1865 with grief and confusion, would pass through a process of enquiry followed by enlightenment leading to bombastic certainty, missionary zeal, and finally rage, but its progress was almost certainly slowed by the responsibilities of marriage, family and estates, and the consolations of sport. Queensberry would not have struck an observer as concerned with anything beyond living life in the present. His sporting acquaintances, although not his close friends, would have been amazed at the notion of Queensberry as a thinker. His enquiries brought him to the work of polymath and agnostic Herbert Spencer, an advocate of the theory of evolution, best remembered for his phrase “survival of the fittest.”

Keywords:   Queensberry, missionary, marriage, thinker

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