Oscar Wilde Tea Salon | 17th October | TOM House

164th Birthday Salon
Hosted by Rick Castro

Oscar Wilde, cartoon in Punch, March 5, 1892. From Punch, or The London Charivari, March 5, 1892

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde
(16th October 1854 – 30th November 1900)
The Lord of Language

Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future – Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is considered a literary and Gay icon: The great-grandfather of Gay rights.

 HAND-BLENDED TEA AND DAINTY SANDWICHES WILL BE SERVED

 FOLLOWED BY OSCAR’S FAVORITE “PRINCESS CAKE”

5p
$20 with advance reservation
$25 on day of salon

Fetish Book Club | 3rd December | LA

MONTHLY GROUP FOR READERS THAT LIKE A LITTLE KINK

THIS MONTH’S SELECTION

A tale of same-sex love in early 20th-century England. It was written in 1913–1914, and revised in 1932 and 1959–1960. Although it was shown to selected friends, such as Christopher Isherwood, it was only published in 1971 after Forster’s death.

 

Forster did not seek to publish it during his lifetime, believing it unpublishable during that period. Forster was close friends with the poet Edward Carpenter, and upon visiting his Derbyshire home in 1912, was motivated to write Maurice. The relationship between Carpenter and his partner, George Merrill, was the inspiration for that between Maurice and Alec Scudder.

 

Forster resisted publication because of public and legal attitudes to same-sex love – a note found on the manuscript read: “Publishable, but worth it?” Forster was particularly keen that his novel should have a happy ending, but knew that this would make the book too controversial. However, by the time he died, British attitudes, and law, had changed. The novel has been adapted once for film and once for the stage.