Oscar Wilde

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Irish writer and wit (1854-1900)

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posing as somdomite," including the misspelling of the word
Queensberry provoked a showdown by leaving a note for the playwright at his club that read "For Oscar Wilde - posing as a somdomite (sic).
The recent rash of plays, films, and commentaries on Wilde have focused on the latter phase of his life--his trials and imprisonment--which they invariably trace back to a single dramatic scene: the moment when Lord Alfred Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, outraged by his son's liaison with the celebrated author, presented the latter with his card inscribed "To Oscar Wilde, posing as a somdomite [sic].
The relationship infuriated Douglas's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, who publicly left a note at the writer's London club addressed to Oscar Wilde "posing somdomite (sic)".
To please his young paramour, Bosie, Wilde agrees to sue Bosie's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, for slander, after Queensberry sends him a misspelled note accusing him of "posing as a somdomite.
Hence, for the Marquis of Queensbury, his notorious accusation that Wilde was "Posing as Somdomite [sic]" carried with it not just a pseudo-legal charge that Wilde appeared to be practicing sodomy, but the burden of Victorian anti-aestheticism contained by the word "Posing.