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The final stage of Oscar Wilde’s life was marked by an accumulation of
unexpected events which culminated in a most startling denouement. His attachment
to Lord Alfred Douglas gave rise to a conflict between Wilde as a supposed
corruptor of the youth and the Marquis of Queensbury, Douglas’s father. In an
attempt to provoke litigation, Queensbury accused Wilde o f sodomy and the
depravation of his son. The writer could not but stand his ground. He sued
Queensbury for libel and lost the case. Subsequently, Wilde was charged with acts
of gross indecency which had been brought up in the course of the Queensbury
trial. And again the court found him to have been on the wrong side of the law.
He was sentenced to two years of imprisonment with hard labour.