When was oscar wilde born

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when was oscar wilde born

Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann

Wilde had to live his life twice over, first in slow motion, then at top speed. During the first period he was a scapegrace, during the second a scapegoat. Richard Ellmann’s superlative bio ranks alongside the finest in the genre, with his earlier James Joyce volume already firmly in the pantheon. From Wilde’s unhumble beginnings as the son of two reputable writers, to his college days in the thrall of Ruskin and Pater, to his flowerings as a poet and spokesman for aestheticism, Ellmann presents the working Wilde, a complex contrarian and sneak-tongued snark, as he slowly becomes Wilde the Myth and Wilde the Wit. Parodied and pilloried since he first dared to lecture in knee-breeches, Wilde was always swatting enemies away and poking their hypocrarses, and as his career picked up traction, the vultures suppurated on the sidelines until the blood-axe dropped on the sweaty mattress of boneheaded bastard Bosie. Ellmann writes powerfully about Wilde’s trial and incarceration. The particularity of detail is breathtaking and presented always as a coherent, flowing and utterly captivating narrative, and when Wilde emerges from Reading into the beautiful and disgusting world, into a life of humiliation, penury, skin problems, loneliness, and separation in exile, you would need a heart of stone not to laugh at the preposterous imbecilities of the society Wilde was spoofing. The harsh brainless stupidity of Victorian England collapsed, and Wilde is remembered rightly as an avatar for truth, kindness, and zingy one-liners for every occasion. This fabulously exhaustive and definitive bio has the last word on Wilde, and since no one is ever likely to top it, is essential reading for all Oscarites.
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The Trials of Oscar Wilde 1960 Peter Finch

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

He was also known for his wit, his flamboyance, and his trials and jail sentence for homosexual acts. Oscar Wilde came from a prominent family. While studying at Oxford in the s, he gained notice as a scholar, poseur, wit, and poet and for his devotion to the Aesthetic movement , which held that art should exist for its beauty alone. After his release from prison in , Oscar Wilde lived in France in straitened circumstances. In at the age of 46, he died of meningitis following an acute ear infection. Wilde was born of professional and literary parents. His mother, who wrote under the name Speranza, was a revolutionary poet and an authority on Celtic myth and folklore.

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Born on October 16, in Dublin, author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde was a popular literary figure in late Victorian England, known for his brilliant wit, flamboyant style and infamous imprisonment for homosexuality. After graduating from Oxford University, he lectured as a poet, art critic and a leading proponent of the principles of aestheticism. In , he published The Picture of Dorian Gray, his only novel which was panned as immoral by Victorian critics, but is now considered one of his most notable works. He was imprisoned for two years and died in poverty three years after his release at the age of His father, William Wilde, was an acclaimed doctor who was knighted for his work as medical advisor for the Irish censuses.

After writing in different forms throughout the s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray , and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for "gross indecency", imprisonment, and early death at age Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish intellectuals in Dublin. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university, Wilde read Greats ; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Trinity College Dublin , then at Oxford.


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