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1895: Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain

Nicholas Freeman

Abstract

Oscar Wilde's disastrous libel suit against the Marquess of Queensberry dominated British newspapers during the spring of 1895. This book shows that the Wilde scandal was just one of many events to capture the public's imagination that year. Had Jack the Ripper returned? Did the Prime Minister have a dreadful secret? Were Aubrey Beardsley's drawings corrupting the nation? Were overpaid foreign players ruining English football? Could cricket save a nation from moral ruin? Freak weather, flu, a General Election, industrial unrest, New Women, fraud, accidents, anarchists, balloons and bicycles al ... More

Keywords: Oscar Wilde, Marquess of Queensberry, libel suit, Jack the Ripper, Aubrey Beardsley, industrial unrest, New Women, Victorian culture, English football, cricket

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640560
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640560.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Freeman, author