Cover; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Series Editor's Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Into the Past: A Brief Foreword; Winter: 15 September 1894 -- 28 February 1895; Spring: 1 March 1895 -- 30 May 1895; Summer: 1 June 1895 -- 31 August 1895; Autumn into Winter: 1 September 1895 -- 31 December 1895; Bibliography; Index
Kill the bugger!' So read one telegram to the Marquess of Queensberry before his legal battle with Oscar Wilde in the spring of 1895. Today's readers often see the Wilde case as dramatising the intolerance and cruelty of late-Victorian life, but what was its contemporary significance? What was it like to live in Britain in 1895? Which stories, personalities and events really captured the headlines?
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-227) and index