Private: Love that dare not speak its name

In the May issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Geoffrey Wheatcroft depicts Oscar Wilde as an unwilling gay martyr:

[F]ar from being “glad to be gay,” he brought his fatal action against Queensberry to deny that he was a “Somdomite.”

Still, Wheatcroft acknowledges, The Importance of Being Earnest is an “authentic masterpiece of gay sensibility.”

“Awful as [Wilde’s] sufferings were, it is grievous not least to think that but for his downfall, he might have written many more comedies on that sublime level,” Wheatcroft says.