Oscar Wilde had one of literary history's mostexplosive love affairs with Lord Alfred "e;Bosie"e;Douglas. In 1895, Bosie's father, the Marquessof Queensberry, delivered a note to the Albemarle Clubaddressed to "e;Oscar Wilde posing as sodomite."e; WithBosie's encouragement, Wilde sued the Marquess forlibel. He not only lost but he was tried twice for "e;grossindecency"e; and sent to prison with two years' hard labor.With this publication of the uncensored trial transcripts, readers can for the first time in more than a century hearWilde at his most articulate and brilliant. The Real Trialof Oscar Wilde documents an alarmingly swift fall fromgrace; it is also a supremely moving testament to the rightto live, work, and love as one's heart dictates.