May 25, 1895

On This Date in! in 1895 Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London. The Marquess of Queensbury accused him of being a homosexual and Oscar Wilde countersued for libel. That fact that Mr. Wilde was involved in an intimate relationship with the Marquess’s son did not help his case and he was sentenced to two years hard labor in prison. While Mr. Wilde was not adverse to having sex with men, the thought of living in such dirty conditions with ugly men proved to be a living hell for him and an inspiration which he used to write novels and plays.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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