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ramblings of a freelance panentheist {"all things are in God, and God is in all things"} . . . musings on Emergent spirituality, powerlifting, LGBTQueer issues, contemplative prayer, mysticism, cats, music, healing, and more. I like my coffee and my existentialism dark-roasted.

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Location: Marietta, Georgia, United States

I'm an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. My writings on queer spirituality have been published in Whosoever and several other magazines. I live in a house-in-the-woods (Bear's Hermitage) in Marietta with Leonidas (Lenny) and Guy, Mighty Warrior Cats, and way too many books.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BookLog: Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Constance Wilde, the wife of Oscar Wilde and the mother of his sons, was amazing. She was a proto-feminist who fought for women's rights, she was involved in esoteric spirituality (Theosophy; the Order of the Golden Dawn), and she was an author in her own right. In fact she may have been the primary author of some of the children's stories attributed to her husband. She did her best to stand by Oscar during his imprisonment and only divorced him to protect their children financially. I don't think she ever stopped loving Oscar, even when his love for her grew dim. 

This fascinating book, Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde,  draws upon Constance's correspondence with friends and relatives, as well as other sources, to tell her story. The book reads like a novel, and it provides a welcome glimpse into a little-known figure in literary history.




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