“Sonnet like allusions are made to your gilt silk hair”

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Next week, 600,000 pages of manuscripts, letters, drafts and journals will be put online from canonical British authors like Oscar Wilde, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and others. Included will be correspondence between Wilde and many of his lovers, including Lord Alfred Douglas, or “Bosie.” The Marquis of Queensbury, Bosie’s father, despised Wilde, and Wilde ended up in prison for two years because of legal turmoil stemming from the relationship. Despite the depressing backstory, these letters made me happy, so I thought I’d post part of one below the fold (from the Guardian.)

“My own dear boy – It’s really absurd – I can’t live without you – you are so dear, so wonderful – I think of you all day long – and miss your grace, your boyish beauty, the … sword play of your wit, the delicate fancy of your genius so surprising… London is a desert without your dainty feet … take all my love – now and for ever, always and with devotion – but I have no words for how I love you – Oscar.”


Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at www.seth-fischer.com, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →