ARTHUR CRAVAN: POET, PROVOCATEUR, PONCE, AND THE QUEERING OF THE QUEENSBURY RULES

Published in full at the literary/cultural magazine The Weeklings: 

“Arthur Cravan Cravan’s father, Otho Lloyd, was the brother of Oscar Wilde’s beard/wife Constance; therefore, Cravan was Wilde’s nephew. Throughout his turbulent and transnational life, Cravan assumed and performed multiple aliases, of which several —Dorian Hope, Sebastian Hope and B. Holland— are Wilde-related or Wilde-derived. Cravan’s exploits are noted in detail elsewhere, and Conover’s book remains an exemplary source, but aside from his enigmatic suicide/disappearance off the coast of Mexico in 1918 and various reports of his return from the grave, perhaps Cravan’s greatest succès de scandale was his posthumous encounter with his uncle in Oscar Wilde est Vivant! (Oscar Wilde Lives!), published in Cravan’s own scabrous art-tabloid Maintenant in 1913This account, written thirteen years after Wilde’s death was the literary hoax precursor of the Orson Wells/Mercury Theater broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds in that it sent reporters scurrying from New York to Paris to investigate Wilde’s resurrection…” Read more…