Lord Alfred Douglas

English poet and journalist (1870–1945) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (22 October 1870 – 20 March 1945), also known as Bosie Douglas, was an English poet and journalist, and a lover of Oscar Wilde. At Oxford he edited an undergraduate journal, The Spirit Lamp, that carried a homoerotic subtext, and met Wilde, starting a close but stormy relationship. Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, abhorred it and set out to humiliate Wilde, publicly accusing him of homosexuality. Wilde sued him for criminal libel, but some intimate notes were found and Wilde was later imprisoned. On his release, he briefly lived with Douglas in Naples, but they had separated by the time Wilde died in 1900. Douglas married a poet, Olive Custance, in 1902 and had a son, Raymond.

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Lord Alfred Douglas
Alfred Douglas in 1903(by George Charles Beresford)
Alfred Douglas in 1903
(by George Charles Beresford)
Born(1870-10-22)22 October 1870
Powick, Worcestershire, England
Died20 March 1945(1945-03-20) (aged 74)
Lancing, Sussex, England
Resting placeFriary Church of St Francis and St Anthony, Crawley
EducationWinchester College, Wixenford School
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
(m. 1902; died 1944)
ParentsThe 9th Marquess of Queensberry
Sibyl Montgomery

On converting to Roman Catholicism in 1911, he repudiated homosexuality, and in a high Catholic magazine, Plain English, expressed openly anti-Semitic views, but rejected the policies of Nazi Germany. He was jailed for libelling Winston Churchill over claims of World War I misconduct. Douglas wrote several books of verse, some in a homoerotic Uranian genre. The phrase "The love that dare not speak its name" appears in one, (Two Loves), though it is widely misattributed to Wilde.