on 5 April 2007
This is really one of a kind - the transcript of one of history's most famous and most scandalous trials.
Reading the details and transcripts of Wilde's trial is a strange and intriguing experience. The reader becomes totally involved in the already-decided fate of Wilde; one moment entertained and laughing at Wilde's unique aphorisms and put-downs, the next heart-wrenchingly appalled at the futility of such remarks in the face of his ever-increasingly inevitable fate. It is interesting to note, for example, that although Wilde has been adopted as a gay hero, he is unwaveringly adamant in his denial of his own homosexuality - a harsh and sad reflection of the ignorance of the times. At once a historical document (the repetition of the charge of 'sodomy' for example is due to the fact that the term 'homosexuality' did not exist at this point, and Wilde's trial was one factor in its appearance in the English language), and an emotionally gripping novel-like journey, this text is compulsive reading.