Rochester Hills Public Library Discusses Oscar Wilde’s Legacy

Local Author Shares Findings About Oscar Wilde’s Legacy

Investigate one of the literary world’s most recognized writers during the Rochester Hills Public Library’s program, The Battle Over Oscar Wilde’s Legacy on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. 

One of literature’s most controversial figures during the turn of the 19th century, Oscar Wilde remains as an Irish author of plays, epigrams, and the novel The Picture of Dorian Grey. His life sparked controversy as a series of lawsuits revealed his secret affairs with his close friends.  

Book Cover of The Battle Over Oscar Wilde’s Legacy

The Battle Over Oscar Wilde’s Legacy on October 24 at 7 p.m.

“Years after Oscar Wilde’s death, two of his closest friends, Lord Alfred Douglas and his literary executor Robert Ross ‒ both former lovers ‒ engaged in a bitter battle over Wilde’s legacy and who was to blame for his downfall and early death,” says author and Oscar Wilde scholar Laura Lee. 

Rochester Hills native, Laura Lee has dedicated her studies to investigating the history, writings, and the scandal of Oscar Wilde. Her new book Oscar’s Ghost: The Battle Over Oscar Wilde’s Legacy documents the struggle over Oscar’s public image through obtaining published letters of the Douglas estate.  

“Oscar Wilde remains as a strong figure in literary work,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley, “as such, we appreciate authors like Laura Lee who help us to better understand their lives.” 

Registration is available online for this event at Sign up in advance as space will be limited.


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