Oscar Wilde’s love letters sold


Wilde’s Letters | BBC | 14009

Some love letters written by Oscar Wilde have been sold at auction, raising £33,900. The letters appear to reveal Wilde propositioning a magazine editor at a time when homosexuality was illegal. They were written to Alsager Vian and were sold off by his descendants.

“Come and dine at Pagani’s in Portland Street on Friday – 7.30. No dress – just ourselves and a flask of Italian wine – afterwards we will smoke cigarettes and talk over the journalistic article – could we go to your rooms, I am so far off, and clubs are difficult to talk in….. “

Wilde wrote for Vian’s magazine, Society, from 1886 to 1889.



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