Oscar Wilde:

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Oscar Wilde was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian Era. 

In his lifetime he wrote nine plays, one novel, and numerous poems, short stories, and essays. 

Wilde was a proponent of the Aesthetic movement, which emphasized aesthetic values more than moral or social themes. This doctrine is most clearly summarized in the phrase 'art for art's sake'. 

Besides literary accomplishments, he is also famous, or perhaps infamous, for his wit, flamboyance, and affairs with men. He was tried and imprisoned for his homosexual relationship (then considered a crime) with the son of an aristocrat. 

About him:

Birth name: Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde

Birth date: October 16, 1854

Birth place: Dublin, Ireland

Nationality: Irish 

Educated:Trinity College (Dublin)

                  Magdalen College (Oxford)

Father: Sir William Wilde (eye doctor)

Mother: Jane Francesca Elgee (poet and journalist)

Siblings: brother William, sister Isola

Spouse: Constance Lloyd 

Children: two sons - Cyril and Vyvyan

Occupation: Playwright, novelist, poet, editor, critic

Period: Victorian era (1837–1901)

Literary movement: Aestheticism

  • Famous Works:The Picture of Dorian Gray (novel)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (play)
  • The Ballad of Reading Gaol (poem)

Died: November 30, 1900 (aged 46) in Paris, France

Resting place: Le Pére Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

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