Lord Alfred Douglas
(1870-1945)

poet, writer, and Lord

Died aged 74

Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (22 October 1870 – 20 March 1945) was an English poet and journalist, and a lover of Oscar Wilde. At Oxford he edited an undergraduate journal, The Spirit Lamp that carried a homoerotic subtext, and met Wilde, starting a close but stormy relationship. Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, abhorred it and set out to humiliate Wilde, publicly accusing him of homosexuality. Wilde sued him for criminal libel, but some intimate notes were found and Wilde was later imprisoned. On his release, he briefly lived with Douglas in Naples, but they had separated by the time Wilde died in 1900. Douglas married a poet, Olive Custance, in 1902 and had a son, Raymond. On converting to Roman Catholicism in 1911, he repudiated homosexuality and in a High-Catholic magazine, Plain English, expressed openly anti-Semitic views, but rejected the policies of Nazi Germany. He was jailed for libelling Winston Churchill over claims of World War I misconduct. Douglas wrote several books of verse, some in a homoerotic Uranian genre. The phrase "The love that dare not speak its name" appears in one, (Two Loves), though widely misattributed to Wilde.

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Lord Alfred Douglas 'Bosie' (1870-1945) poet and writer lived here 1935-1944

St Annes Court, Nizells Avenue, Hove, United Kingdom where they lived (1935-1944)