Oscar Wilde in Worthing

A small error crept into the section of Neill Burston’s report in which he quoted my comments about Oscar Wilde’s stay in Worthing in the summer of 1894 (Herald, November 22).

The report stated that “Wilde’s first two months were spent happily with his family in the area”.

The period Wilde himself stayed in Worthing was just under two months altogether, and his wife and his two young sons were with him only for the first month or so, returning to London in mid-September so that the boys could be got ready for the new school term.

Incidentally, according to his younger son, Wilde was an expert at making complicated sandcastles – one of the less well-known talents of this flawed man of genius.

Antony Edmonds

Herald columnist

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