William Charles Kingsbury Wilde

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William Charles Kingsbury Wilde

Also Known As: "Willie"
Birthplace: 21 Westland Row, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: Died in London, County of London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Robert WIlls Wilde, MD and Jane Francesca Wilde
Husband of Sophie Lily Wilde
Ex-husband of Miriam Florence Leslie
Father of Dorothy Ierne Wilde
Brother of Oscar Wilde and Isola Francesca Wilde
Half brother of Dr. Henry Wilson; Emily Wilde and Mary Wilde

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About William Charles Kingsbury Wilde

Did I tell you that I saw a good deal of [Oscar’s] brother Willie at Broadstairs? Quel monstre! Dark, oily, suspecte [sic] yet awfully like Oscar: he has Oscar’s coy, carnal smile & fatuous giggle & nota little of Oscar’s spirit.  But he is awful – a veritable tragedy of family likeness.’

– Max and Will, Max Beerbohm and William Rothenstein, Their Friendship and Letters 1893-1945.  Edited, with Introductions and Notes by Mary M. Lago and Karl Beckson.  London: 1975 p.21.

One wonders why, such being Max’s opinion, he ‘saw a good deal’ of Willie. But many years later, even a more kindly memory of Willie makes him a figure of fun.  My sister Constance came home one day and summoned my mother and me; she was quivering to tell us what had happened.  She knew in advance it was the sort of thing my mother would adore.  Well, Constance had been walking along the street and met Willie Wilde – Oscar’s brother. In one  hand, he was carrying a huge leg of mutton by the narrow part; with his free hand he swept off his  hat and bent over double in a grand, ceremonial bow.  There was something so grotesquely funny in the way she did it, conveying both the mutton and the bow.  We decided it was a first class thing.’

– Max Beerbohm, quoted in S.N. Behrman: Conversations with Max.  London: Hamish Hamilton 1960 p.38.


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William Charles Kingsbury Wilde's Timeline

September 26, 1852
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
July 11, 1895
Age 42
London, County of London, England, United Kigndom
March 13, 1899
Age 46
London, County of London, England, United Kingdom