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Famous Trials 7: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN13: 9780140018578
ISBN: 0140018573
Previous Edition ISBN: 004374
Published: July 1994
Publisher: Penguin Books
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



The Penguin Famous Trials series was started by Harry Hodge, who was Managing, Director of William Hodge & Co., Ltd, Publishers and Shorthand Writers. The son and grandson of a printer, he followed his father as one of the most expert of shorthand writers in Scotland, and for some fifty years was a well-known figure in the Scottish Courts both in that capacity and as a publisher of legal works.

In 1905 he founded The Notable British Trials Series which now extends to 70 volumes, commencing with that cause celebre, the Trial of Madeleine Smith. He was steeped in criminology all his life and held the view that a trial should be at least twenty years old before it can proveitself to have been notable, although this view had to be modified under modern conditions.

As general editor of that series he carefully selected his editors and insisted on the greatest possible accuracy in the presentation of each volume. Outside of his business life Mr Hodge's main interest was devoted to music, and he has a number of compositions to his name. He died in November 1947.

Since his death both The Notable Trial Series and the Penguin Famous Trials have been edited by his son, James Holier Hodge. Moreover, in 1948, after long negotiations, James Hodge produced the first volumes in the War Crimes Trials Series, of which he is the assistant general editor to Sir David Maxwell Fyfe,P.C., Q.C., M.P

This is a 1994 reprint of the original 1962 edition.

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On the 18th of February 1895, four days after the opening of The Importance of Being Earnest, the Marquess of Queensberrry deposited at the Albermarle Club a card on which was writteN: 'To Oscar Wilde posing as a somdomite.' This misspelt but calculated challenge sounded the bell for the first round in one of the most bizarre contests ever staged at the Old Bailey.

The prosecution (for criminal libel) of the eccentric Queensberry had to be abandoned bySir Edward Clarke, and the Crown then took action against Oscar Wilde. At his second trial he was convicted of gross indecency with male persons and imprisoned for two years with hard labour. He died in Paris, bankrupt, in 1900.

These cases were remarkable for the disgraceful evidence of public jubilation over the verdicts; for the insane antics of Queensberry on behalf of his son, Lord Alfred Douglas, the young poet; and for the absurd vanity of Wilde himself, who tripped fatally during Carson's pitiless cross-examintion.

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Subjects:
Legal History, Trials

Series: Famous Trials

Famous Trials 9: Roger Casement ISBN 9780140021240
Published September 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Out of print
Out of print
Famous Trials 2 : Armstrong, Field & Gray, GJ Smith, Ronald True
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 9780140006346
Published February 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials 1: Madeleine Smith, Oscar Slater, Dr.Crippen, Dr.Palmer
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 9780140003383
Published January 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials: Selected by John Mortimer Creator of Rumpole ISBN 9780880290807
Published November 1986
Dorset Press
Out of print
Famous Trials: Selected by John Mortimer Creator of Rumpole ISBN 9780140069242
Published July 1984
Penguin Books
Out of print
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Famous Trials 9: Roger Casement ISBN 004437
Published April 1964
Penguin Books
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Famous Trials 7: Oscar Wilde ISBN 004374
Published September 1962
Penguin Books
£12.00
(Second Hand)
£6.00
(Second Hand)
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Out of print
Famous Trials 1: Madeleine Smith, Oscar Slater, Dr.Crippen, Dr.Palmer
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 004433
Published November 1941
Penguin Books
£6.00
(Second Hand)