M of Q

A cache of letters and draft works by Oscar Wilde previously believed lost has been found. The trove was last seen in 1953 when it was sold at auction. Then late last year the current owner contacted the Morgan Library and gave them the collection outright.

The best part of the story, though, is its beginning. The materials were originally collected by the Marquess of Queensbury. The marquess in question is not Wilde’s tormentor (the ninth M of Q) nor his lover (#10), but rather Bosie’s nephew, number eleven in the line. Details are here.–David E