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Katey and Mamie Dickens, with their famous author father Charles Dickens garden outside Gad's Hill Place in 1865

Oscar Wilde (1854-00), Irish author, playwright and poet most known for his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray and for his arrest. After accusing the Marquess of Queensbury of libel, a trial ensued--the Marquess offered male prostitutes to testify they had had sex with Wilde. Wilde dropped the charges, was arrested for sodomy. He was convicted and imprisoned where he had a spiritual awakening, was finally released and baptized into the Catholic church before his death from meningitis.

Oscar Wilde with Lord Alfred Douglas (‘Bosie’).

Italian family looking for baggage, Ellis Island NY 1905

Mark Twain’s Rescue Etiquette

Mark Twain

Louisa May Alcott, nurse during the Civil War and well known author, wrote "Little Women"

Oscar Wilde in America, 1882 // by Napoleon Sarony, NYC

Robert Graves, c. 1914, age 19. Reported dead at the Somme, Graves was one of the few of his generation to survive the war. He became a translator, poet, and novelist, and was the author of "I, Claudius" and the WW1 war memoir "Goodbye To All That."