Oscar the Wild

The case for Wilde's involvement with Teleny is entirely due to the account of one Charles Hirsch, the owner of the London bookshop Librairie Parisienne. Hirsch earned Wilde's confidence by providing him with a discreet source of Gay pornography. This made him ideal as a go between for the various writers of Teleny. Wilde set up the arrangement, provided the manuscript and ultimately claimed it when finished. Teleny was released anonymously a year later in 1893 by Wilde's own publisher Leonard Smithers. Even if Wilde did not write a word of Teleny his influence is obvious.


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