A defence of Oscar Wilde by Dalhousie Young

Book

Description

English

Published after Oscar Wilde's trial, during which Wilde's works were used as evidence of his 'immorality', Apologia pro Oscar Wilde sets out to defend Wilde and his writing. Dalhousie Young argues that a work of fiction is not automatically a work of autobiography; fiction does reveal an author's inner secrets or true character. 

Powerfully, Young furthermore publicly questions whether it is right that sexual acts between two consenting adults of the opposite sex should be outlawed (see p. 38), or looked upon as a 'sin'.

Full title
Apologia pro Oscar Wilde
Published
estimated 1895 , London
Format
Book
Creator
Dalhousie Young
Held by
British Library
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions
Shelfmark
Cup.403.u.1.

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