Merlin Holland

Born 1945

Christopher Merlin Vyvyan Holland is a biographer and editor. He is the son of the author Vyvyan Holland and his second wife, Thelma Besant, and is the only grandchild of Oscar Wilde. Although he is directly descended from Oscar Wilde, his last name is Holland because Wilde's wife, Constance, changed her children's surname to Holland, an old family name on her side to avoid shame after Wilde's trial for gross indecency, and subsequent imprisonment and fall from grace.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born in 1945.


1989 44 Years Old Holland has criticized Richard Ellmann′s 1989 biography, Oscar Wilde, as inaccurate, particularly the claim of syphilis. … Read More


1998 53 Years Old In addition, Holland has also worked as a wine writer and occasionally written features for Country Life, and The Oldie. Holland briefly toyed with the idea of changing his name back to Wilde: He told The New York Times in 1998, “But if I did it, it would have to be not just for Oscar, but for his father and mother, too, for the whole family. … Read More


2006 61 Years Old In 2006, his book Oscar Wilde: A Life in Letters was published, and his volume Coffee with Oscar Wilde, an imagined conversation with Oscar, was released in the autumn of 2007. … Read More
2013 68 Years Old In July 2013, Holland gave the keynote address for a symposium on Oscar Wilde presented by The Santa Fe Opera. … Read More
2014 69 Years Old Holland's play The Trials of Oscar Wilde, co-authored with John O'Connor and re-enacting the 1895 trials of Lord Queensberry for libel and Oscar Wilde for gross indecency, toured the United Kingdom in 2014 in a production by the European Arts Company. … Read More
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