Oscar Wilde, an Irishman, was born in 1854 and died at an early age of 46 in 1900. He published his highly acclaimed “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in 1891 from an original short story of 1890, and the Gothic tale became a favorite to many. It was his only novel, and he achieved fame for it and for his many delightful plays, such as his 1895 “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which many critics consider to be a masterpiece. He was accused of being decadent and for being gay, which was reflected in the original short version, but played down in the full-fledged novel. He was imprisoned for the maximum term of two years for being gay, and then he left Ireland and England when he was released, never to return.
In this short easy-to-read history, we read about his plays and other writings, epigrams, flamboyance, showy dressing, comedic wit, support of the philosophy of aestheticism and the decadent movement, sodomy trial, the harsh treatment he endured in three prisons, the harm it caused him probably causing his early death, life after prison in poverty walking streets in a drunken stupor in loneliness, and his posthumous pardon. The history is very interesting.
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Who was Oscar Wilde? Was he just an author of witty but meaningless plays, only out to get a laugh or two? The answer is a resounding no. Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright in the late nineteenth century. His controversial plays were riddled with mockery of social status, cleverly covered by the use of comedy.
Inside you will read about...
✓ Blue China and Long Hair
✓ Marriage and Men
✓ The Picture of Dorian Gray
✓ The Sodomy Trials
✓ Life After Prison
✓ Death and Posthumous Pardon
And much more!
Wilde may have paved the way for people living a little off the center line. He was full of flash and flare, and he wrote some of those colorful traits into his literature. Take a journey into the world of Oscar Wilde and find out just how individualistic he was.