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I wanted to give a quick shout-out to an awesome Kickstarter project: Ph.D. student Justin O’Hearn (@justinohearn) is going to buy one of only two known copies of a piece of Victorian erotica which Oscar Wilde may have a hand in writing. The public has never had access to this book before!
Here’s Justin’s plan, in a nutshell:
0. Use the money from the Kickstarter to purchase a copy of Des Grieux when it goes up for auction.
1. Study the book as part of his dissertation.
2. Edit and publish a second edition of the book, so that everyone can read it!
3. Donate the book to the British Library to preserve public access to the book forever.
If you’re a fan of Oscar Wilde, or you likeVictorian erotica, or you just like the idea of getting more smut out into the world, consider supporting Justin’s project!
Hat-tip to ErosBlog for pointing out this awesome project.