Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Wilde times

Robbie Ross was an unsual man as an openly gay man in England in late 1800s and turn of the century. He was a noted art critic, but would not be remembered today except for his relationship with Oscar Wilde. Wilde was his first lover when Ross was a young man. Their relationship grew over the years to a rich friendship. Ross stuck by Wilde to the bitter end. As the executor of Wilde's estate, Ross worked hard to salvage Wilde's literary reputation after his death and to get his works to earn money to pay off his debts and help Wilde's family.

Fryer's biography, "Robbie Ross" is a fascinating look at the times and the people who moved in Wilde and Ross's circle.


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