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Memoris and Biographies
Author: Douglas Murray
ISBN: 0786866535
Subcategory: Historical
Pages 480 pages
Publisher Miramax Books (June 28, 2000)
Language English
Category: Memoris and Biographies
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by Douglas Murray


Born into an ancient family with a memorably lunatic streak, Lord Douglas as a young man was charming, dissolute, and almost preternaturally handsome. Jude Law played him in the 1998 film Wilde, and the resemblance is uncanny.

Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (22 October 1870 – 20 March 1945) was a British poet and journalist best known as the lover of Oscar Wilde

Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (22 October 1870 – 20 March 1945) was a British poet and journalist best known as the lover of Oscar Wilde. Douglas’s father, the Marquess of Queensberry, disapproved strongly of the affair, and set out to humiliate Wilde, publicly accusing him of homosexuality.

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Famed as the most beautiful undergraduate in Oxford, Lord Alfred Douglas remains one of the most notorious figures in literary history. This biography explores the mass of contradictions that made up the life of Bosie, a genius yet a failure through his tormented youth. The Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam.

Douglas Murray's Bosie is a brave attempt at rehabilitation of a golden boy who played on his charm. Douglas Murray's rehabilitation of his subject is a brave attempt to redeem a character immured in the calumny of legend

Douglas Murray's Bosie is a brave attempt at rehabilitation of a golden boy who played on his charm. Douglas Murray's rehabilitation of his subject is a brave attempt to redeem a character immured in the calumny of legend. Beloved of Wilde, betrayed by Wilde, betrayer of Wilde, Douglas was a man-boy who played on his charm until it ran out, then raged against Fate for that mortal fact.

First published in Great Britain in 2000 by Hodder and Stoughton"-Title page verso. Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-360) and index. Lord Alfred Douglas, or "Bosie" as he was known, is destined to be remembered as the lover of Oscar Wilde.

Lord Alfred Douglas, or 'Bosie'as he was known, is destined to be remembered as the lover of Oscar Wilde.

Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, or "Bosie", was an accomplished poet and writer. He authored numerous volumes of poetry and several autobiographical works. He is also widely known as the intimate friend of Oscar Wilde. Page moderated by author Anthony Wynn. However, some of the most well-known people of his day had the highest praise for his poetry and sonnets.

Lord Alfred Douglas's biography and life story. Lord Alfred Douglas is remembered today for his tumultuous association with Oscar Wilde and as a minor poet. Douglas, universally known as Bosie, was born Oct. Douglas, universally known as Bosie, was born October 22, 1870, the third son of John Sholto Douglas, ninth Marquess of Queensberry, and Sibyl, née Montgomery. After a boyhood during which his parents separated, Douglas went up from Winchester to Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1889.

In 1888, Lord James married, but this proved disastrous. Douglas, Murray, "Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas", online at nytimes.

Lord Alfred Douglas, or 'Bosie' as he was known , is destined to be remembered as the lover of Oscar Wilde. Dissolute, well-born and beautiful as a young man, his role in the events that led to Oscar Wilde's trial and imprisonment determined the strange celebrity which haunted him until his death. Biographies of Wilde generally give only a cursory account of what happened to Douglas after Wilde's death, but Bosie recounts the full and absorbing story of his complex life. A successful though now obscure poet, he renounced homosexuality after converting to Roman Catholicism and embarked on an ill-fated marriage to Olive Custance. Lord Alfred's time was largely consumed by his growing interest in religion and costly feuds - he was imprisoned for libeling Winston Churchill - and he died a neglected and lonely figure in 1945.

Douglas Murray has had unprecedented access to many letters and key literary manuscripts, and presents evidence which casts a new light on the relationship between Wilde and Bosie. Indeed, Murray has succeeded where Bosie himself failed in securing the release of a British government file which was to be sealed until 2043. The result is a genuinely groundbreaking biography, and the definitive account of a fascinating life.

Adrielmeena
I'll admit I bought this book for the same reason I'm sure many people do; I was interested in Douglas because of his connection to Wilde. But Murrary's account of Douglas' life really made me come to appricate the life of a beautiful but somewhat tragic life and appricate the person Douglas was apart from Wilde. Murray is honest about Douglas and his sometime vindictive, sometimes paranoid personality and leaves no doubt that Douglas was a little narsassitic (but who of us isnt really?). But through it all I was most struck by a man who was persecuted by most of the people in his life and suffered more than he needed to for real or precieved 'wrongs'. In the end I sad for a man who at the heart of it all wanted to be loved and liked and most of his life wanted to return to the carefree state of boyhood.
Uttegirazu
I ordered this book after seeing the movie "Wilde" with Stephen Frye as Wilde and Jude Law as Bosie, in which Bosie is portrayed as a shallow, cruel, young cad, who cared only for himself and left Wilde in the lurch as soon as the times got hard.

I thought to myself so why would Wilde care so deeply for such a person; and the answer is that Alfred Douglas was NOT such a person.

As Murray makes clear, of Wilde's many friends, Douglas alone stuck with Wilde during and after the trial, as well as financed Wilde's defence. He waited in exile in Europe for Wilde for the two years of Wilde's sentence, and when Wilde was released from prison, Douglas cared for Wilde and lived with him in Italy at his own expense. He left Wilde ONLY when the Douglas family threatened to cut off his allowance--the only money either he or Wilde had since Wilde had no income at all and neither man could get a job or publish anything, even OUT of homophobic England on the supposedly more liberal continent. The movie implies Bosie left Wilde at that time in an idle spat, and that is simply not true. It's a very sad story, and the truth is that Wilde is the one who proved the less loving of the two--"De Profundis" is a hateful diatribe against Bosie that Bosie did not deserve.

So if you want a thorough, beautifully researched biography of Alfred Douglas, this is the book. There are well-chosen period photographs of all the principal characters, and Murray quotes many of Douglas's poems which are often srikingly beautiful. Admittedly, Douglas later became a pretty sad figure in middle age, but his profound love for and caring treatment of Oscar Wilde as a young man deserves a much better portrait in the popular imagination than the movie "Wilde" paints; in fact, the movie is practically libellous (except that all are long dead, and Douglas cannot defend himself, and that's genuinely tragic). Murray includes one last photograph of Bosie, shortly before his death at 75--a withered, lonely, little old man--it's quite a shocking contrast for the boy who had been in his youth "the most beautiful man in England."
Zonama
A little hard to read, but worth it as it was well researched and gave one an unbiased and accurate insight about Bosie Douglas. Most authors are content to paint him as a villian, this author isn't. Douglas Murray helps us to see Bosie's whole persona...good and bad.
adventure time
i was always curious about the events subsequent to the death of Oscar Wilde , this book provides a very interesting insight to the life of Lord Alfred Douglas and his reflelctions on that period of his life when he was associated with Oscar Wilde, his subsequent marriage and religious conversion and the rejection in his social life in the years following Oscar Wilde's death
Ice_One_Guys
I, having only read about Douglas in books that were centered on Wilde, found this biography very refreshing. I didn't realize how much life he had left after Wilde died. But, this book is for more than those who are interested in Wilde because it tells the story of a man who really just had a terrible life. Scarred after the Wilde scandal, he had to build his own life and a majority of the choices he made were bad ones. Douglas did have his redeeming qualities and I felt this biography highlighted those equally as it did his faults.
Oso
The author does an amazing job of creating a picture of Lord Alfred Douglas. I have always thought of Bosie as a secondary character in the Wilde saga...Douglas Murray puts Bosie center stage and develops an understanding of the person from his youth to his death. This is one of those books you read and then feel the main character is someone you have known forever. Extremely well done.
Hulis
OK
Came on time. Not bad condition for used. Good read.