The Marquess of Queensberry is as famous for his role in the downfall of one of our greatest literary geniuses as he was for helping establish the rules for modern-day boxing. The trial and two-year imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, lover of Queensberry’s son, Lord Alfred Douglas, remains one of literary history’s great tragedies. However, Linda Stratmann’s riveting biography of the marquess, paints a far more complex picture by drawing on new sources and unpublished letters. Throughout his life, Queensberry was emotionally damaged by a series of tragedies, and the events of the Wilde affair—told for the first time from the marquess’ perspective—were directly linked to Queensberry’s personal crises. Through the retelling of pivotal events from Queensberry’s life; the death of his brother on the Matterhorn, and his fruitless search
for the body; the suicide of his father, brother and eldest son; the book reveals a well-meaning man often stricken with a grief he found hard to express, who deserves our compassion.
Published by Yale University Press April 2013