TELENY REVISITED

 

A Special Issue of THE OSCHOLARS

 

 

Edited by

 

John McRae

University of Nottingham

 

 

Autumn 2008

 

 

‘There was one work, Teleny, which passed from hand to hand and to which I added small touches of my own.  It was a story of corrupt and dangerous passions, although much of it read like Gray's Anatomy.  Rabelaisian literature has never been of particular interest to me – it is always deficient in form, and stumbles under the weight of too much content – and Teleny provided only the crudest materials for an artistic fiction.  But I did not mock the book: I was pleased to read deeply in all aspects of homoerotic literature, in the records of dead love as much as in the celebration of living ones.’

 

-        Peter Ackroyd: The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde

 

 

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