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The Resource Oscar Wilde's last stand : decadence, conspiracy, and the most outrageous trial of the century, Philip Hoare

Oscar Wilde's last stand : decadence, conspiracy, and the most outrageous trial of the century, Philip Hoare

Label
Oscar Wilde's last stand : decadence, conspiracy, and the most outrageous trial of the century
Title
Oscar Wilde's last stand
Title remainder
decadence, conspiracy, and the most outrageous trial of the century
Statement of responsibility
Philip Hoare
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Billing trial's beginnings can be traced to the moment British authorities finally permitted a staging of Wilde's play Salome. American beauty Maud Allan was to dance the lead. So outraged was Noel Pemberton Billing, a member of Parliament and self-appointed guardian of family values, that he denounced Allan in the right-wing newspaper Vigilante as a member of the "Cult of the Clitoris." Billing was convinced that the "Cult of Wilde"--A catchall for anyone guilty of degeneracy and perversion, in his eyes - had infected the land. Of that, Billing maintained, he had proof: a black book containing the names of 47,000 members of the British establishment who without doubt were members of the Cult of Wilde was in the hands of the Germans. Threat of exposure was costing England the war." "Maud Allan sued Billing for libel, and the trial that followed held the world in thrall. Was there or was there not a black book? What names did it contain? The Billing trial was both hugely entertaining - never had scandal and social prominence been so deliciously juxtaposed - and deadly serious. As in Oscar Wilde's own trial in 1895 (which also took place at the Old Bailey), libel was hardly the issue; the fight was for control over the country's moral compass. In Oscar Wilde's Last Stand, biographer and historian Philip Hoare gives us the full drama of the Billing trial, gavel to gavel, and brings to life this unique, bizarre, and spell-binding event."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
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Hoare, Philip
Dewey number
345.41/0256
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KD373.B54
LC item number
H63 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Trials (Libel)
  • Billing, Noel Pemberton
  • Allan, Maud
  • Wilde, Oscar
Label
Oscar Wilde's last stand : decadence, conspiracy, and the most outrageous trial of the century, Philip Hoare
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The cult of Wilde -- That awful persecution -- The self-appointed task -- Salomania -- The forty-seven thousand -- The trial -- Kicking Oscar's corpse -- The verdict -- This generation of vipers -- Aftermath -- Ain't we got fun
Control code
38206663
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st North American ed.
Extent
vi, 250 pages
Isbn
9781559704236
Lccn
97052311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Oscar Wilde's last stand : decadence, conspiracy, and the most outrageous trial of the century, Philip Hoare
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The cult of Wilde -- That awful persecution -- The self-appointed task -- Salomania -- The forty-seven thousand -- The trial -- Kicking Oscar's corpse -- The verdict -- This generation of vipers -- Aftermath -- Ain't we got fun
Control code
38206663
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st North American ed.
Extent
vi, 250 pages
Isbn
9781559704236
Lccn
97052311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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