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Ceremonies of BraveryOscar Wilde, Carlos Blacker, and the Dreyfus Affair$
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J. Robert Maguire

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660827

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660827.001.0001

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‘Sadness, Disappointment, Upset, & Weariness’

‘Sadness, Disappointment, Upset, & Weariness’

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Ceremonies of Bravery

J. Robert Maguire

Oxford University Press

Shortly after Lord Francis Hope’s coming of age in 1887, Blacker left his parental home in Sussex Square and joined him at 161a Piccadilly where Blacker took rooms designated his ‘Albemarle Chambers’. Pursuing with Francis ‘the pleasures of London’ eventually involved his borrowing £10,000 from an insurance company, the loan secured by Francis, with seemingly inexhaustible resources. When both proved unable to repay the loan when it came due in 1893, the insurance company looked to the apparent ‘co-surety’. Newcastle. Enraged at the unexpected development, Newcastle grudgingly paid off the loan while freely voicing the fact that there had been a serious irregularity in naming him as co-guarantor. In a state of despair over the turn his ‘tempestuous affairs’ had taken, Blacker left London to join his sister in Freiburg, supported in his absence by Oscar Wilde who performed ‘signal services’ on his behalf as his representative in negotiating a settlement of the duke’s ugly charges.

Keywords:   Kate, Thomas Hohler, Dorian Gray, Douglas, dowager duchess, bankruptcy, Molesworth, an ideal husband, Charles Ricketts, George Lewis, Weller Richards, Paton, Wilde

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