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The Extraordinary Tale of...

THE EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF… Famous writer Oscar Wilde, who sued for libel but ended up in the dock himself


The topsy-turvy trial of the great playwright, the surrounding scandal and how it hastened his untimely death

PUBLIC ATTACK Queensberry (left) furiously scribbled his allegation (above) and left it at the Ablemarle for Wilde to see

As the prolific Irish writer Oscar Wilde stood in the dock, his eyes filled with tears. He felt the blood drain from his face as he heard the word “guilty” come from the judge’s mouth. Sentenced to two years’ jail time with hard labour, he was prosecuted for the crime of gross indecency with men. When the case began, Wilde felt sure he would emerge victorious. And yet, somehow here he was, his reputation ruined and private life exposed for all to see.

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This might well be our most-packed issue ever, and we’ve got pretty much every time and place imaginable covered. Our section in the centre pages looks at those archaeological discoveries that make our understanding of the past possible – from buried kings to mysterious writings.