No More Kisses for Oscar Wilde’s Tomb


“On her blog, ‘A Love Letter From London,’ an architectural historian named Lisa Marie, who blogs under the name Miss Marie, wrote that ‘the continued devotion of Oscar Wilde’s fans more than 100 years after his death, represented by those lipstick marks, enhanced the impact of Epstein’s bold, modern memorial, making it an even more fitting monument to a great decadent and aesthete.’…A half dozen or so readers replied, all agreeing. ‘A drooled and kissed over tomb is as much history as the man who’s resting there,’ wrote a blogger who calls herself Superheidi.”

—From the New York Times, “Walling Off Oscar Wilde’s Tomb From Admirers’ Kisses” in response to the decision by Oscar Wilde’s family to cleanse his Parisian tomb of lipstick kisses and build a 7ft. glass wall to protect the tomb from admirers and their lipstick “defacement” and “erosion.”


LaToya Jordan is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays 2016. Her writing has appeared in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mom Egg Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and more. Visit her at More from this author →