The lost Romantic author, once famous, now all but forgotten; Richard Le Gallienne, ‘Friend and lover’ of Oscar Wilde, was described as the last great figure of the Yellow 1890’s - an era of decadence, Romance and scandal. Author, poet, literary critic, essayist and translator; it seems Richard Le Gallienne, spanning eras and continents, lived the lives of many.
Born in Liverpool in 1866, enthralled by poets such as Keats and Dante, Richard Gallienne was always destined to write. At the age of 18, he saw Oscar Wilde lecture in Liverpool. "Inspired by Wilde’s personal style and ideas about art, he renamed himself 'Richard Le Gallienne,' wore long hair and artistic clothes, and dedicated himself to becoming an equally flamboyant figure and unconventional writer, devoted to Beauty in all its forms." (Dr. Mark Samuels Lasner & Dr. Margaret D. Stetz)
Three years later, Richard published his own book of poetry. My Ladies' Sonnets was written for his future wife, the girl he loved and called 'Angel'. He sent the volume with a letter to Oscar Wilde, who replied "charming... Full of that which is dainty and delicate in Verse. The whole book is evidently the work of one who is an artist in poetry. When you come to London, pray let me have the pleasure of knowing you personally."