Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas

Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas

Douglas Murray / Jan 18, 2020

Bosie A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas There is a vogue these days for biographies of minor peripheral characters who lived on the margins of literary greatness Tennyson s wife for instance or Dickens mistress This new biography of Lord

  • Title: Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas
  • Author: Douglas Murray
  • ISBN: 9780340767702
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There is a vogue these days for biographies of minor, peripheral characters who lived on the margins of literary greatness Tennyson s wife, for instance, or Dickens mistress This new biography of Lord Alfred Douglas, the son of the Marquess of Queensbury and, most scandalously, the lover of Oscar Wilde, has attracted huge attention because of the age of the biographer.There is a vogue these days for biographies of minor, peripheral characters who lived on the margins of literary greatness Tennyson s wife, for instance, or Dickens mistress This new biography of Lord Alfred Douglas, the son of the Marquess of Queensbury and, most scandalously, the lover of Oscar Wilde, has attracted huge attention because of the age of the biographer Douglas Murray began writing it at 17, and he is only 20 now It is an astonishing achievement mature, considered, fluently written and richly detailed Bosie s youth was the epitome of the 1890s, greenery yallery decadence, but unlike his lover and mentor, the brilliant, doomed Wilde, Bosie lived on until 1945, becoming increasingly religious, repentant about his past as Wilde never was , and finally a recluse On one key issue, however, Murray seems seriously off message he argues that Bosie was a major literary figure in his own right, and that the value of his poetry has been seriously underrated He was a poet not just of the 90s but one who would endure the 20th century and produce a poem that would echo as a work of searing faith and a testament to spiritual renewal Er no The poem Murray alludes to is In Excelsis , Bosie s riposte to Wilde s work De Profundis But it is tiresomely self absorbed, antiquated, and unimaginative, a prolonged whinge about the lot of the misunderstood genius Nevertheless, Bosie s story is still worth telling, even if his poetic reputation is not worth defending, and Murray tells it extremely well Christopher Hart

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      • Douglas Murray

        Douglas Kear Murray is a British neoconservative writer and commentator He was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion from 2007 until 2011, and is currently an associate director of the Henry Jackson Society.Murray appears regularly in the British broadcast media, commentating on issues from a conservative standpoint, and he is often critical of Islamic fundamentalism He writes for a number of publications, including Standpoint, the Wall Street Journal and The Spectator Source


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    1. I have this huge, weird love for horrible bastards. I don't know why. I always have. It all stems back to really liking Gargamel from The Smurfs. I think that's why I like Lord Alfred Douglas so much.The author of this book probably likes evil villians also. And he's one himself. I'll explain. Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas was the Golden Boy who brought down Oscar Wilde. This biography of him is very well written and researched. For starters, the author is 27 now and started writing it when he was [...]


    2. Boise, Alfred Douglas, was a factor in the fall and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde. Douglas Murray’s book attempts to rescue Douglas from being known just for one thing – as Wilde’s boy toy – as well to restore Boise’s reputation as a poet. Sadly, there is something off about the book. Murray does have a point in the whole Wilde/Boise affair. At that point, Boise was young and spoiled. He didn’t hold a gun to Wilde’s head, and Wilde was the married man and father. Yet this point asid [...]


    3. For anyone interested in Oscar Wilde, this book is a must-read. Murray, the author, has had the great idea of investigating the one who enthralled Wilde with his beauty, but about whom very little is known: lord Alfred Douglas, the blonde young man who, besides being Wilde's lover, was also a reknown poet. He's the one who wrote the famous sentence "the love that dare not speak its name". It is a fascinating biography because Douglas is a complex, strange, hard to grasp character, and Murray has [...]


    4. Knowing that the author was an undergraduate when he wrote the book makes this a remarkable achievement. The problem is that he has not succeeded, for me at least, in making his case that Lord Alfred Douglas is interesting enough, on his own, to justify an entire book. There are two sides to every story, and I'd wondered if there was more to Douglas than there seemed. It was interesting to have the various bits and pieces of his later life that turn up in biographies of Oscar Wilde fleshed out ( [...]



    5. The golden boy lead no golden life. Certainly many of Douglas's failings were of his own making, but many were not. It seems that Bosie suffered a similar illness as his father, and many of his ancestors. It shaped Bosie's life and those that surrounded him in many ways, it was he that endured the most from his sometimes injudicious choices and irrational behaviour. His life reads as if it were a Shakespearean tragedy, from his many litigations, his imprisonment, his marriage, the fate of his so [...]


    6. Murray presents the Oscar Wilde/Lord Alfred Douglas relationship from Bosie's perspective, and does a fine job in illustrating how this relationship impacted Douglas' life in a terrible way. From a young and delightful man, Douglas became over his lifetime an embittered person who spent much of his time in court filing and trying to win libel lawsuits. He was a good poet, and the book closes with a poem he wrote about Wilde; very sad. I'd recommend this to people interested in Wilde's life and i [...]


    7. I'm usually more of an autobiography fan, but I found this book to be one which I could not put down. A fascinating insight into the incredible life of Oscar Wilde's partner. Full of historical context and written in a way which literally draws you into to a life of so many extremes. Highly recommended.


    8. This is one of only three non fiction novels that I've read in less than three days, or even finished. Oscar Wildes life and that of his lover lord alfred douglas always fascinated me. This book contains a most balanced account of L.A's point of view during the wilde trials, and also an interesting insight to the rest of his life.


    9. Really attention-grabbing read and Mr Murray, in my opinion, has done excellent work researching and writing biography of Lord Alfred Douglas.



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