First Post-Archives Thoughts

As the new semester begins to dawn over the horizon, I’m back in the US fresh from the British Museum. Archives research is quite a tedious process, involving lots and lots of reading of information that is frankly useless to my project. However, I was able to find lots of bits that will undoubtably be invaluable as I begin to write. As I compile everything I will have a much more detailed post in the future, but for now I’ll just share this one tidbit. After Oscar Wilde was convicted of “indecency” and imprisoned, the British Museum’s Board of Trustees decided to ban him from ever using the Reading Room again, even after he was released. In addition, they refused to write in the crime he had committed that led to his imprisonment. All in all the trip was definitely worth it, even if now I have so much work to do!