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At the outset, the American academic Deborah Lutz describes the impetus of this book in terms of the following question: "If we could be young sexual innovators and deviants out for action in Victorian London, how might that feel?" A snap response might be that, in terms of English usage, we couldn't possibly feel "out for action", a much more recent coinage. Pleasure Bound moves on to give us snapshots of 19th-century specimens of debauched and sexually outré behaviour – which means, in practice, all the usual suspects. The Pre-Raphaelites, Algernon Swinburne, Henry Spencer Ashbee, Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde are present and incorrect.
It was a balmy evening on 27 September 1894 when two men appeared at the front door of the Albion Hotel in Brighton and asked if they could rent a room. One was a young newspaper seller from Worthing named Alfonso Conway. His companion was Oscar Wilde.
Crossing over from adult films to the mainstream isn't easy – but then Sasha Grey isn't your average ex-porn star, says Luke Blackall
A series of rare letters in which Oscar Wilde appears to proposition the editor of a ladies' magazine sold for more than £30,000 today, an auction house said.
Don't be a snob, says Michael Bywater – musicals are the purest form of theatre, and they're booming. But why? Could it be, simply, that they cheer us up in these recessionary times?
Correspondence reveals the burgeoning homosexuality that would land writer in prison
David Cameron has been criticised for a string of factual errors – from the date the US entered the Second World War to Iran's nuclear capability. David Randall imagines how the PM might tell the story of the past 2,000 years
In the week of the 109th anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s death, The Independent is giving you an exclusive chance to listen to and download a new drama by Made in Manchester/Dark Smile, written by Thomas Wright, about the 19th Century writer, wit and raconteur.
The once neglected creator of Cranford is to be commemorated in a window above Poets' Corner
He should have been hailed a hero for his wartime codebreaking. Instead he was prosecuted for his homosexuality and took his own life. So why has Britain never said sorry? Jonathan Brown reports
'I saw the Treasury at Petra completely alone – amazing'
The latest instalment in our “Educated opinion” series: a graduate from Trinity College Dublin describes the modern outlook of a 400-year-old institution.
After 143 years, the London institution frequented by Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde has closed its doors
Sung in Tom Hammond's English translation, Richard Strauss's setting of Oscar Wilde's play comes over with authority, due to Susan Bullock's perfect traversal of the heroine's innocence-to-depravity arc and conductor Charles Mackerras's placing of the score as refined voluptuousness with some kicks along the way.
A picture of Oscar Wilde through the literary works that were his reality