MERLIN HOLLAND (b 1945 )
Merlin Holland, the only grandson of Oscar Wilde, is an author living in France. For the last thirty years he has been researching his grandfather’s life and works, and he writes, lectures and broadcasts regularly on the subject in English, French and German. His publications include Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess, the first complete verbatim record of the libel trial that ultimately brought Oscar Wilde to ruin and social disgrace, and The Wilde Album, a pictorial biography of Oscar Wilde that has now been translated into seven European languages. He is also the co-editor of The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde. After Oscar’s conviction in 1895, his wife, Constance, and their two sons were forced to change their name to Holland after being refused accommodation at a Swiss hotel. The family has never reverted to the name Wilde.