Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ceremonies of BraveryOscar Wilde, Carlos Blacker, and the Dreyfus Affair$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 January 2021

‘He Has Been Mad the Last 3 Years’

‘He Has Been Mad the Last 3 Years’

(p.51) 4 ‘He Has Been Mad the Last 3 Years’
Ceremonies of Bravery

J. Robert Maguire

Oxford University Press

This chapter recounts the conviction and bankruptcy of Oscar Wilde. While a source of deep distress for Blacker, Wilde’s plight and the dark and unimagined world brought to light in his trials caused Carrie to lose all sympathy for him. Through the early weeks of his imprisonment, his loyal friend Robert Sherard (‘that bravest and most chivalrous of all brilliant beings’, according to Wilde) courageously continued to visit him. His third visit, however, had unintended consequences. The attending warder reported to the governor of Wandsworth that the visitor’s conversation had been of a subversive tendency in suggesting that attention might be drawn to the case by an agitation in the press about the deteriorating state of Wilde’s health. Sherard was found to have abused his visitor’s privilege and the governor recommended that Wilde be removed to a ‘country Prison’. The Prison Commissioners accordingly ordered that Wilde be removed to Reading as soon as his bankruptcy proceedings were concluded.

Keywords:   Holloway, Kerley, Queensberry, Freiburg, Galignani, Lorrain, Mendès, Schwob, Huret, Pentonville, Bauër, Wildy, Clifton, Ross, Adey

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .