'Talk to Him'

Wilde, His Friends, and Shakespeare's Sonnets

in Critical Survey

George Bernard Shaw vividly recalls the only time he saw Oscar Wilde and his aristocratic boyfriend Alfred Douglas together. It was on the eve of Wilde’s libel trial over the offending inscription (‘For Oscar Wilde posing Somdomite [sic]’) that Douglas’s father, the Marquess of Queensberry had sent him. Wilde came to see Shaw’s editor Frank Harris at London’s Café Royal, to ask him ‘to testify at the trial that Dorian Gray was a masterpiece of literature and morality’. Harris pleaded with Wilde to flee the country immediately.

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