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Bosie

Bosie

Lord Alfred Douglas, known as ‘Bosie’, son of the Marquess of Queensberry, was known as one of the most beautiful young men of his generation. Aged twenty-one he met and became the lover and subsequent obsession of Oscar Wilde.

Their relationship caused a scandal in 1895 when Wilde took Queensberry, Douglas’s aggressive father, to court for libel. When the details of their relationship were aired in court, Wilde was convicted of sodomy and gross indecency and later imprisoned.

Wilde’s story is well known, but this is the first book to tell it from Douglas’s perspective. Written, and originally published in 2000, with access to never-before-seen papers , Bosie explores the contradictions, tensions and turmoils of Douglas’s life with Wilde and beyond as a poet, husband and father.

This compelling biography uncovers the life of one of the most notorious figures in literary history, and its course from gilded beautiful youth to semi-reclusive outcast, at the time of Douglas’s death in 1945.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

On Sale: 17th September 2020

Price: £10.99

ISBN-13: 9781529340068

Reviews

'An excellent piece of work, intelligent and well rounded'
Sunday Telegraph
'One of the most impressive biographical debuts for some time . . . It comes across as entirely fresh'
Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times
'Douglas Murray is a remarkable young writer with a confident style'
Sunday Telegraph
'Murray's book does a fine job of putting an irksome and faded legendary boy to bed'
Observer