The Trial of Oscar Wilde

The author of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde was subjected to trial in the late 19th century. Wilde, who was intimately involved with the son of Sir John Sholto Douglas, was charged - and convicted – of homosexuality, which was illegal in England until the 1960s. At trial, the judge said: "This is the worst case I have ever tried. I shall pass the severest sentence that the law allows. In my judgment it is totally inadequate for such a case as this." Wilde ultimately served two years of hard labor, and then spent the last three years of his life in exile. 

The Illustrated Police News: Law Courts and Weekly Record (via the British Library)



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