DOUGLAS (LORD ALFRED) Autograph letter signed ("Alfred Douglas"), to A.G. Gardiner, editor of the Daily News, noticing the paper's "poisonous article", Shelley's Folly, Lewes, 8 May and 25 July 1917
Lot 160
DOUGLAS (LORD ALFRED)
Autograph letter signed ("Alfred Douglas"), to A.G. Gardiner, editor of the Daily News, noticing the paper's "poisonous article", Shelley's Folly, Lewes, 8 May and 25 July 1917
Sold for £687 (US$ 1,079) inc. premium

Lot Details
Papers of A.G. Gardiner of the Daily News
DOUGLAS (LORD ALFRED)
Autograph letter signed ("Alfred Douglas"), to A.G. Gardiner, editor of the Daily News, noticing the paper's "poisonous article" with "its virulent attack on Religion & its allusions to your precious 'Petrograd correspondent'" and launching an all-out attack on sodomites and the Liberal establishment: "there is no doubt about the club whose spirit you represent. I mean the Reform Club, the official abiding Place of Upper Middle 'Liberalism', which shelters the most notorious bugger in London of whom your Petrograd correspondent is the friend & associate, a distinction which he shares with your political chief Mr Asquith & most of the other prominent 'Liberals' whose views you so ably represent in your revolting paper"; together with an incomplete autograph letter enquiring "How do you & the other dupes or knaves who have been howling & whooping for the 'glorious Russian Revolution' feel about it now?", 6 pages, engraved heading, some spotting and wear, 8vo, Shelley's Folly, Lewes, 8 May and 25 July 1917

Footnotes

  • 'THE MOST NOTORIOUS BUGGER IN LONDON OF WHOM YOUR PETROGRAD CORRESPONDENT IS THE FRIEND & ASSOCIATE': Bosie attacks Robbie Ross and Arthur Ransome. Arthur Ransome – of Swallows and Amazons fame – had published a biography of Oscar Wilde in 1912, in which he had been helped by Wilde's executor, the ever loyal Robbie Ross. Douglas issued a writ for libel but had judgement given against him in April 1913, after Ross read out passages from De Profundis that left no doubt that Bosie and Wilde had indeed been lovers. During the case Ross sought refuge from Douglas in the Reform Club and was also given shelter by the Asquiths. The stress of the case was one of the factors that prompted Ransome to settle in Russia, where he was appointed correspondent to the Daily News in 1914 and where he became an ardent advocate of the ensuing revolution, becoming friendly with Lenin and marrying Trotsky's secretary.
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