Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde!!
(Geez Constance, stop trying to steal the spotlight with your gigantic hats!)
Not trying to rain on your parade, but Oscar Wilde was a self-confessed pedophile. Just thought you should know.
J/k, but when you make such grave (and false) accusations, you should have at least one source to back you up.
We have pretty much all of his letters and the transcriptions of his trials, we know enough about his life to safely assume that no, he wasn’t a pedophile.
Okay, there are numerous sources (including the writings of many historians) in favour of Wilde’s sexual misconduct. Wilde makes clear in most of his writings his value and respect of youth. Many of Wilde’s friends, also are known to have solicited teenage boys as prostitutes, some as young as fourteen years old. While this does not necessarily mean Wilde did the same, most people have activities in common with their friends. Thiere were, however, numerous witnesses to his acts of pedophilia, both the boys in question and other witnesses and while it is possible that the Marquess of Queensberry paid some of them off, it is unlikely that she could have gotten to all of them. Another thing to bear in mind is Wilde’s advocacy of pederasty (the Ancient Greek practice of taking teenage boys as lovers) as written by Plato (of whom Wilde was a fan). Another point is the fact that in ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ the titular character is barely eighteen himself and that John Gray (the supposed inspiration for Dorian, and Wilde’s most famous lover) was described by Lionel Johnson as having ‘the face of a fifteen year old boy’.
Before I start, I want to say that I in no way condone or approve of Oscar’s actions, I’m just clarifying for the sake of accuracy.