From YouTube, produced by A & E Biography
A&E Biography. Video starts with Wilde’s libel court case against the Marquess of Queensberry, Bosie’s father. This court case concerns the Marquess wanting to socially embarrass Wilde by throwing a bouquet of turnips on the stage after one of his plays. Wilde was tipped off, and Queensberry was barred from entering the theatre. In court, Wilde put on a performance to fend off the questions. They started to give evidence against Wilde, and Wilde drops the case. On April 5th, Wilde was arrested for gross indecency under the criminal law amendment. At the time of his arrest, Wilde was famous but he was deep in debt. His name was removed from play bills, shunned by London society, and his belongings auctioned off to pay his debts. Everyone told him to flee London. Video is of good quality and appropriate for high school students.