‘The Girl with the Foghorn Voice’

J. Robert Maguire

in Ceremonies of Bravery

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660827
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748929 | DOI:
‘The Girl with the Foghorn Voice’

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The marriage of Lord Francis Hope in November 1894 to ‘Madcap May’ Yohe, an American music-hall actress, rekindled the duke’s anger at Blacker whose influence on Francis he held responsible for what he viewed as a disaster. As in dealing with Francis earlier, the duke petitioned the Bankruptcy Court for a receiving order against Blacker which was made a week after the wedding. The sequence of events that followed proved devastating to Blacker. His recall to England for his dreaded public examination in bankruptcy was followed a month later, after his return to Freiburg, by the horror of Wilde’s arrest (‘dreadful, very upset’, he recorded in his diary, ‘walked about, very low about Oscar’). While further diary entries at the time show that Wilde was never far from Blacker’s thoughts, settlement of his suit against Newcastle remained a principal concern. Until the suit was settled ‘with a result satisfactory to yourself’, as Carrie’s father informed Blacker, he was unable to consent to their marriage. In the end, despite lacking parental approval, the marriage took place in London on 7 February 1895.

Keywords: May Yohe; Freiburg; General Frost; Richards; Queensberry; Paton; Panizzardi; Schwartzkoppen; Dreyfus; Forbes-Robertson; Lewis

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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