Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman

This is going to be a super brief post, because it’s essentially a single link out to someone else’s article:

I got linked this article some time back, and I have no idea why I didn’t post a link here immediately, but I happened to mention it this afternoon to Anna and she assured me that it needed to go up, pronto. Thus, I give you:

Literary Trysts It Gives Me Great Joy To Think About: Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman
by Mallory Ortberg
September 17, 2013

Because mine is an evil and a petty mind, suitable more to wallowing in the sordid sexual goings-on of literary giants than in reading their work, I take every opportunity I can to inform people who may not have known that Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde almost certainly had sex in 1882.

You are either the kind of person to whom this matters a great deal, or the kind of person to whom it matters not at all. To the latter I say: yours is the narrow road and the straight, and I extend to you a hearty and fulsome handshake, as well as my sincerest wishes for your continued good health. To the former I say: Want to hear about the time Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde (probably) hooked up??

(For more, click the link that is the whole excerpt, and it will take you to the original article.)

4 comments on “Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman

  1. Anna says:

    I very much appreciate how gleeful Mallory Ortberg is over this news! One of my favorite books is a collection of love letters that authors and historical figures wrote various people (though I don’t think it includes letters between two different authors). The thing I like the best about it how very expected they are: poor F. Scott Fitzgerald is completely head-over-heels for Zelda in a clearly unhealthy way, and James Joyce’s are barely coherent streams of consciousness, just like his novels.

  2. Kinsey says:

    I love that you are linking to The Toast. In addition to awesome literary article, sometimes Mallory goes on rants about how terrible and evil almond are. She is My People.

  3. Anna says:

    By the way, I’m catching up on the Dead Authors Podcast, and the December 3 episode with Walt Whitman is, uh, quite something.

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