This is a complete presentation on the trials of Oscar Wilde from 1891, when he first took up with Lord Alfred Douglas, to his death in 1900. There is also a 20 point multiple choice test with answer key plus a complete set of Flashcards for class discussion and reviewing the presentation.
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In August 2017, I also added to this product, as a special enhancement, the Jeopardy Law Game on the landmark USSC case LAWRENCE v. TEXAS. This case made the practice of sodomy no longer criminal. Thus, homosexuality was decriminalized. Wilde had no such protection in his day. It was criminal then and he did end up in prison. The Oscar Wilde cases and the Lawrence case are both significant in the emergence of Gay Rights.
The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook writer.
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- Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. He was a major talent who remains popular today.
- He was London's very popular playwright in the early 1890s.
- Wilde had an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, the Marquess of Queensberry’s son.
- This affair ignited a legal battle between the father and Wilde which was played out in three trials.
- Wilde ended up convicted for gross indecency with men and served two years in prison.
- Lord Alfred Douglas (called Bosie), 1870 – 1945, was the third son of John Douglas, the Marquess of Queensberry, a Scottish title.
- Alfred was a British author, poet, translator, and political commentator. His talents were minor and his overall work is not popular today.
- He is best known as Oscar Wilde’s gay lover.
- His father, the Marquess of Queensbury, did everything in his power to break up the couple.
- Douglas’s family was dysfunctional in every respect. The father was a very nasty, brutish man.
- It is important to understand that Wilde underestimated what a wild man Queensberry was when he sued him for libel. That was Wilde’s big mistake.