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posted Friday, January 9, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 02
What ever happened to Oscar Wilde's wife?
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What ever happened to Oscar Wilde's wife?

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

That's right, 19th Century Gay icon Oscar Wilde had a wife - and two sons - and new information found by Wilde's grandson solves the mystery about why she died three years after he went to prison.

Constance Lloyd married Wilde in 1884, and the couple promptly had two sons, Cyril and Vyvyan. In 1891, Wilde met Lord Alfred Douglas, known to his friends as 'Bosie,' the third son of the Marquess of Queensbury.

Much to Queensbury's disgust, Wilde and Douglas began an on-again, off-again six-year relationship. In 1894, Queensbury left a note at Wilde's London club accusing Wilde of sodomy, which was then a felony. Wilde sued Queensbury for slander.

At the trial, Queensbury's attorneys were allowed to introduce evidence that Wilde was Gay, and had sexual interactions with a number of men. The day after the slander trial concluded, Wilde was arrested, charged with sodomy and gross indecency, convicted, and sent to prison.

Constance fell down a flight of stairs and subsequently died while undergoing emergency surgery in 1898, at the age of only 39. Rumor had it that her health had been undermined by syphilis she contracted from Oscar.

Their grandson, Merlin Holland, says that family letters prove otherwise. Holland told The Guardian newspaper that he discovered a trove of more than 130 letters describing Lloyd's symptoms and her treatment - or mistreatment - by two doctors.

The letters reveal symptoms modern doctors commonly associate with multiple sclerosis, including losing the ability to walk, chronic pain, headaches, and fatigue.

She first contacted a German 'nerve doctor,' who was not named in the letters. He prescribed hot baths and electricity, a common remedy in the 19th Century.

When those treatments failed to improve Lloyd's health, she consulted an Italian doctor, Luigi Maria Bossi, who believed that she could be cured with 'gynecological operations.' After falling down stairs and injuring herself, Lloyd went to Bossi for a gynecological procedure, during which she slipped into a coma and died.

'People somehow never put two and two together and thought: 'Why is a gynecologist operating on her spine?' Holland said to The Guardian.

The family never pursued legal action against Bossi, Holland added, because Lloyd had consented to the operation despite several warnings against it by other doctors.

Twenty years after Lloyd's death, Bossi was shot and killed by the husband of another patient, who accused the doctor of 'unethical behavior and professional misconduct.'

'[The operation] cost her her life,' Holland says. 'Ultimately, both Bossi and the hapless Constance met their ends tragically - he by the bullet of an assassin and she by the knife of an irresponsible surgeon.'

When Wilde took up with Douglas, he brought him home and introduced him to Lloyd. Thereafter, he spent less and less time at home with her. When Wilde was arrested in 1895, she took her sons and fled to Genoa, Italy, to escape the scandal, and changed the family name to Holland.

Cyril Holland was killed in the First World War. Merlin's father Vyvyan also served in the war, but survived to become an author and publisher. He died at age 80 in 1967.

Wilde himself died in 1900, three years after being released from prison. Before dying he had himself baptized into the Catholic Church. Douglas also became a Roman Catholic.

Douglas sued the Cambridge University literary magazine Isis for libel when it published a story linking him with Wilde, and was himself sued for libel by none other than Winston Churchill for an article accusing Churchill of lying about the Battle of Jutland in the First World War.

After serving six months on the criminal libel charge, Douglas softened his opinion of Wilde, writing that Gay sex should not be considered a crime. He died in 1945.

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