Tuesday December 1, 2020

Object of Desire

A handwritten draft of one of John Betjeman's best-known poems, The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel, will go under the hammer in London this spring.

3rd February, 2013
The handwritten manuscript of The Arrest Of Oscar Wilde by John Betjeman.

A handwritten draft of one of John Betjeman's best-known poems, The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel, the only manuscript of the poem ever to have been offered at auction, will go under the hammer in London this spring. Described by AN Wilson as giving "a stronger sense of Wilde than many of the weighty biographies", the work contrasts the languid, fatalistic resignation of the doomed artist playing out his role to the...

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