26 Aug Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde is known for his literary works, masterful comedies, wit, and jail sentence. Read on to find out more about his life.
- his epigrams and plays
- his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, (1891)
- his masterful comedies of manners Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
- his wit and flamboyance
- the circumstances of his criminal conviction for gross indecency for consensual homosexual acts in “one of the first celebrity trials”, imprisonment, and
- early death from meningitis at age 46.
Read one of his The Nightingale and the Rose
Oscar Wilde came from a prominent family. His father, Sir William Wilde, was a leading ear and eye surgeon in Ireland, who also published books on archaeology, folklore, and the satirist Jonathan Swift. His mother wrote under the name Speranza, and was a revolutionary poet and an authority on Celtic myth and folklore.
Oscar Wilde studied at Oxford in the 1870s. Here he gained notice as a scholar, poseur, wit, and poet and for his devotion to the Aesthetic movement – held that art should exist for its beauty alone.