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Oscar and Bosie at the Royal Bath Hotel: ‘I love you more than I did in Bournemouth’

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Online Talk: Oscar and Bosie at the Royal Bath Hotel: ‘I love you more than I did in Bournemouth’

Join Dr Anne Anderson as she discusses Oscar Wilde and his trip to Bournemouth.

Thanks to the Royal Bath Hotel Visitors’ Book, covering the period from December 1888 to June 1896, now on display at the Russell-Cotes, we known that Oscar Wilde was staying at the hotel in November 1892.

He was not alone: his party included Lord Alfred Douglas, affectionately known as Bosie, Maurice Salis Schwabe and Charles Spurrier Mason. These three friends would all contribute to Wilde’s conviction for ‘gross indecency’ in 1895.

While Oscar’s relationship with Bosie is well known, his other two companions are rather shadowy. Maurice Schwabe and Charles Mason played key roles in Wilde’s downfall. When he stayed at the Royal Bath, Wilde was already embroiled in a lifestyle that would end in tragedy.

Sunday 28 February, 2pm

Online Talk via Zoom, 60 minutes
Free of charge, donations welcomed
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