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The Lost Manuscript

The Lost Manuscript


Oscar Wilde's ode to a grande dame is unearthed after 50 years.

A scandalous, glamorous actress more notorious than she was celebrated, Lillie Langtry was the Lindsay Lohan of the late 19th century. Admirers of the British thespian included her friend Oscar Wilde, who wrote her this poem in the early 1880s, more than a decade before his conviction for gross indecency and sodomy. Called "Roses and Rue" and written when Wilde was in his late 20s, the poem is among 13 manuscripts and letters by the legendary wit recently brought to light by a Brazilian philanthropist after having been lost for half a century. Currently held at New York's Morgan Library and Museum, "Roses and Rue" showcases Wilde's gooey side and demonstrates that diva worship is forever.

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