A forthcoming biography of Oscar Wilde reveals for the first time the likely identity of the famous author’s mystery San Francisco lover.
In his new book "Oscar: A Life", biographer Matthew Sturgis claims Harriet Crocker -- the daughter of San Francisco railroad magnate Charles Crocker -- to be the probable object of Wilde's affection.
The celebrated Irish writer would have met the wealthy young heiress on a lecture tour around the United States in 1882. He named her only as "Hattie" in a letter, and her identity has been a mystery until now.
John Cooper, an independent scholar who focuses on Wilde’s American connections, said Crocker could well have turned the ambitious Wilde's head when he visited San Francisco.
"She was someone Wilde might have found eligible, I think, at a time when he was looking for someone to support his writing career," Cooper said.