Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Born: 16/10/1854 Died: 30/11/1900 Gender: Male Genre: Farce Occupation: Wit and dramatist

Born in Dublin on 16 October 1854, Oscar Wilde was a flamboyant and sparklingly witty Anglo-Irish playwright, poet and critic. ‘I put all my genius into my life, I put only my talent into my books’, he said to the French writer André Gide. His career took off in the 1890s with the publication of his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, followed by three keenly observed and hugely successful comedies for the stage: Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). In 1895, at the height of his popularity, Wilde was imprisoned for homosexuality, as a result of which he published The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Image source: Oscar Wilde by Napoleon Sarony, British Library

Featured works

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

Title: The Picture of Dorian Grey Published: 1890 Format: Novel Period: Victorian Genre: Gothic Learn more

Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

Title: Lady Windermere's Fan Published: 1892 Format: Play Period: Victorian Genre: Satire Learn more

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Title: The Importance of Being Earnest Published: 1895 Format: Play Period: Victorian Genre: Farce Learn more

Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband

Title: An Ideal Husband Published: 1899 Created date: 1895(performed) Format: Play Period: Victorian Genre: Satire Learn more
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