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Gross indecency : the three trials of Oscar Wilde

Author: Moisés Kaufman; Tony Kushner
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In April 1895 Oscar Wilde brought a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his youthful lover, who had publicly maligned him as a sodomite. In doing so, England's reigning man of letters set in motion a series of events that would culminate in his ruin and imprisonment. For within a year the bewildered Wilde himself was on trial for acts of 'gross indecency' and -- implicitly -- for a vision  Read more...
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Genre/Form: True crime literature
Legal drama (Literature)
Historical drama
Biographical drama
Drama
Named Person: Oscar Wilde; Oscar Wilde
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Moisés Kaufman; Tony Kushner
ISBN: 0375702326 9780375702327
OCLC Number: 37594724
Notes: "A Vintage original."
Awards: Lambda Literary Award, 1997
Description: xv, 143 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Act I. Prologue ; The first trial --
Act II. The interview wit Marvin Taylor ; The second trial ; The third trial ; Epilogue ; Coda --
Afterword / Tony Kushner.
Responsibility: Moises Kaufman ; with an afterword by Tony Kushner.
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"In April 1895 Oscar Wilde brought a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his youthful lover, who had publicly maligned him as a sodomite. In doing so, England's reigning man of letters set in motion a series of events that would culminate in his ruin and imprisonment. For within a year the bewildered Wilde himself was on trial for acts of 'gross indecency' and -- implicitly -- for a vision of art that outraged Victorian propriety. In this work of the theater -- a smash hit Off Broadway -- Moises Kaufman turns the trials of Oscar Wilde into a riveting human and intellectual drama. Expertly interweaving courtroom testimony with excerpts from Wilde's writings and the words of his contemporaries, Gross Indecency unveils its subject in all his genius and human frailty, his age in all its complacency and repression."--Cover.

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