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Lord Alfred Douglas

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Lord Alfred Douglas

Person  Male  Born 22/10/1870  Died 20/3/1945

Journalist and poet. Son of the Marquess of Queensbury and lover of Oscar Wilde. Known as Bosie (a nickname given to him by his mother as a derivation of 'boysie'). After Wilde's release from prison, the couple briefly lived together in Naples. He married Olive Custance in 1902, with whom he had a son, Raymond. In 1923 he served six months in prison for libelling Winston Churchill. The phrase "the love that dare not speak its name" is from Douglas, aged 22, not Wilde.

2021:Patrick M. B. Hinchy told us that Douglas lived for 10 years (1935-44) by St Ann's Well Gardens in Hove, East Sussex, and that he died at a farm in Sompting, close to Lancing in West Sussex. He drew our attention to this LA Times piece: about the death of Douglas's last friends: "In December 1944, the widowed Douglas accepted the couple’s {Sheila and Edward Colman} invitation to stay at their farm. The Colmans cared for Douglas at their home until he died of heart failure in March 1945 at age 74."

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