Oscar's Ghost
Oscar's Ghost

Oscar's Ghost

The Battle for Oscar Wilde's Legacy


400 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $32.95 (US $32.95) (CA $43.95)

Publication Date: November 2017

ISBN 9781445662589

Rights: US & CA

Amberley Publishing (Nov 2017)

Price: $32.95


The dramatic story of the legal and emotional battle that raged between two of Oscar Wilde's closest friends following the playwright's death

After the death of Oscar Wilde, two of the playwright's closest friends—both former lovers—went to battle against each other over who would control the narrative about Wilde's life, and who history would blame for his death. The battle between Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas, the playwright's greatest love, and Robert Ross, Wilde's friend and literary executor, led to the revelation of sexual secrets and personal letters, blackmail, stalking, and no fewer than five lawsuits. It was a struggle that was not only to have serious consequences for the two participants, but which also affected how Oscar Wilde is remembered today. Each man tried to use the secrets from their former intimacy against the other. Oscar's Ghost is the first book to focus solely on this heated feud and to considered as fairly as possible the dramatic events and questionable actions of all parties involved.

Author Biography

Laura Lee is the author of 15 books, including Blame It on the Rain and Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation. She lives in Michigan.