Lord Alfred Douglas

1870 - 1945

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Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (22 October 1870 – 20 March 1945), also known as Bosie Douglas, was an English poet and journalist, and a lover of Oscar Wilde. At Oxford he edited an undergraduate journal, The Spirit Lamp, that carried a homoerotic subtext, and met Wilde, starting a close but stormy relationship. Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, abhorred it and set out to humiliate Wilde, publicly accusing him of homosexuality. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lord Alfred Douglas has received more than 2,348,235 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Lord Alfred Douglas is the 1,488th most popular writer (down from 1,389th in 2019), the 1,146th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,097th in 2019) and the 132nd most popular British Writer.

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Notable Works

The city of the soul
poetry, sonnets, English Sonnets
Collection of poetry by English poet and friend of Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde and myself
Accessible book, Authors, Irish, Biography
The autobiography of Lord Alfred Douglas
Biography, English Poets
The collected poems of Lord Alfred Douglas
Accessible book, Poetry, English poetry
First published in 1919, includes sonnet sequences "The City of the Soul", "The Triad of the Moon" (both written in 1897 while living with Oscar Wilde in Naples), and "To Olive" (addressed to the author's wife, poet Olive Custance), and many other of Douglas' sonnets as well as many of his lyrics.
Oscar Wilde
Authors, English, Authors, Irish, Biography


Among writers, Lord Alfred Douglas ranks 1,488 out of 7,302Before him are Tomi Ungerer, Avienus, Adam de la Halle, Thoinot Arbeau, Allen Carr, and Dmitry Merezhkovsky. After him are Evelyn Waugh, Marianne Weber, Heiner Müller, Adam Oehlenschläger, Stéphane Hessel, and Gil Vicente.

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Among people born in 1870, Lord Alfred Douglas ranks 44Before him are Aleksandr Kuprin, E. M. Antoniadi, Princess Henriette of Belgium, Jan Smuts, François Georges-Picot, and Jaime, Duke of Madrid. After him are Marianne Weber, Bernard Baruch, Gustav Landauer, Archduchess Louise of Austria, Kitaro Nishida, and Michael Rostovtzeff. Among people deceased in 1945, Lord Alfred Douglas ranks 111Before him are Takeichi Nishi, Charles Spearman, Helmuth James von Moltke, Franz Hössler, Matthias Kleinheisterkamp, and Werner Ostendorff. After him are Richard Glücks, Wilhelm Rediess, Takijirō Ōnishi, Leonid Pasternak, August Hirt, and Robert Brasillach.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Lord Alfred Douglas ranks 1,146 out of 8,785Before him are Warren Hastings (1732), Allen Carr (1934), Domnall mac Ailpín (812), John Austin (1790), Lord Randolph Churchill (1849), and Francis Walsingham (1532). After him are Evelyn Waugh (1903), Jeremy Clarkson (1960), Kiefer Sutherland (1966), Keira Knightley (1985), Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836), and Oldfield Thomas (1858).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Lord Alfred Douglas ranks 132Before him are Winifred Wagner (1897), Colin Dexter (1930), Elizabeth Siddal (1829), Vita Sackville-West (1892), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689), and Allen Carr (1934). After him are Evelyn Waugh (1903), John Gay (1685), Michael Moorcock (1939), Hugh Lofting (1886), Sister Nivedita (1867), and Alistair MacLean (1922).