Wilde and Bradley Cooper have something in common....a thing for daddies.
The article is moronic. Two gay men who were both alive in 1882, therefore they HAD to have had sex. When I was a kid we used the same logic to conclude that Rock Hudson and Jim Nabors, the only two rumored homosexuals in the world, had to be boyfriends. When I discovered Truman Capote, I didn't know what to think about that (very) odd man out.
THEN the article goes on about the word "calamite." It's catamite, a term that is still in use, however infrequently.
This is obscene! The ghost of Oscar Wilde will avenge his sentence and your despicable post.
They obviously had photography in those days. I can't believe R1 got a WW for that.
Walt was into hyper-masculine men; Oscar was fey - this pairing makes no sense to me. Oscar was into twinks - certainly not a mature bearded guy like Whitman.
Walt Whitman? Aaaaaaaah! Damn you, Walt Whitman! I. Hate. You. Walt. Freaking. Whitman.
"Leaves of Grass", my ass!
There is only one thing worse than being deemed insufficient by Walt Whitman's sexual standards and that is being deemed sufficient by Walt Whitman's sexual standards.
"Yes, yes..he vas my boyfriend!"
Walt with his BF Peter Doyle who was a conductor on a railroad horsecar. (A trolley pulled by horses.) Rough trade.
R4, "calamite" is a term for gay man adapted from Whitman's "Calamus" poems. "Catamite," derived from a Latin (ultimately Etruscan) name for the mythological figure Ganymede, means specifically a younger male lover of an older man, usually a sort of concubine.
What R7 said. This doesn't jibe with anything we know about either man. Oscar liked chicken and Walt, who was 35 years his senior, liked trade.
When literary giants meet, I would expect them to either bitch about their publishers, or form an instantaneous jealous hatred.
I can't imagine they did the nasty, it wouldn't do anything for either of their egoes.
OW was gay but married with many children, and writing all the time. Most of his alleged adventures were bs.
The chick who wrote that blog post about OW & WW seems to be in the same league with sad-sack straight fraus who love to write fanfic about gay male couples. Her main "evidence" for her theory is that the idea titillates her, so why not assume it's true?
One reader (probably the only one who's an actual gay man and not some vapid straight woman who lives vicariously through the sex lives of gay guys) pointed out that the blogger offers no real evidence to support her theory and of course the best response anyone could muster was something like, "Gee, you don't sound like much fun."
I don't get this thread. Do these two guys have a new series on TV or something like that?
r4, get a sense of humor, and if you actually read the link, you'd also realize that the argument that they got it on isn't based merely on them being gay and alive at the same time, but rather on the fact that they met and how they responded to each other when they did.
Of course it may not be true but it's hardly a baseless idea.
"Many children" = 2, R14.
Your account of Wilde's life reads like the biog of one of those Hollywood actors who is "too busy with my career to date". And we all know about them.
Wilde had photographic potraits done of himself so is no need for woodcuts of any kind.....
Oscar was into a subwtink vibe. He was intobrentboys that would land him into jail today for being underage.
Wait, who are these people?
Meet Oscar Wilde's grandson Merlin! Interesting article.