A biographer claims to have found Wilde's famous "Darling Hattie."
Matthew Sturgis believes that Harriet 'Hattie' Crocker, born into a wealthy American family, is the mysterious muse of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde.
Sturgis claims that 23-year-old Crocker, the daughter of a rail magnate Charles Crocker, met Wilde during his American tour in 1882.
The biographer penned "Oscar Wilde: A Life" which is due to be published next month. During his research, Sturgis found documents that tie that San Francisco-based Crockers to the Dubliner.
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He also forged a link when he discovered that her parents, Charles and Mary Crocker, were in attendance at Wilde's first US lecture.
"So it would be very likely that Hattie was there as well...The circumstantial evidence linking the Crockers with Wilde's tour and his stay in San Francisco is so strong," Sturgis told The Observer.
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