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Ceremonies of Bravery: Oscar Wilde, Carlos Blacker, and the Dreyfus Affair

J. Robert Maguire


The book traces the course of what Oscar Wilde called his ‘ancient friendship’ with Carlos Blacker, ‘always the truest of friends and most sympathetic of companions’, from its beginning in the early 1880s to their tragic breakup in 1898. The friendship through the 1880s, ‘days of laughter and delight’ according to Wilde, was a halcyon time for both. Wilde’s long-time friend and first biographer, Robert Sherard, thought that ‘the days when I first met him [in 1883] were the happiest days he lived’, an opinion shared by a second biographer and friend, Vincent O’Sullivan. The 1890s, however, prov ... More

Keywords: ancient friendship, truest of friends, happiest days, tempestuous affairs, new life, separation, Dreyfus affair, whole & entire truth, tragic breakup

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Robert Maguire, author
Independent scholar