Celebrate the Classics is a new feature where I highlight authors of the past. Last week featured Bram Stoker. I love reading the classics and have done since I was little. So each Wednesday I will choose an author and write a little about their life and works. It won’t be anything too extensive, just enough to highlight that particular author and what they wrote.
So, this week I have chosen Oscar Wilde.
A Few Facts:
Born: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, October 16, 1854 – Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1900 (Aged 46) – Paris, France
Writing Period: Victorian Era
Occupation: Playwright, novelist, poet
Wilde’s most well known works are the plays The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s and his one and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which is one of my most favourite novels ever! I have read most of Oscar Wilde’s plays and of course The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian Era in London and one of the biggest celebrities of his time.
Wilde married in 1884 and had two sons, although his sexual orientation swayed towards other men. Wilde described his sexual identity as Socratic inspired by Greek paederastic tradition. Unfortunately, Wilde suffered a dramatic down turn in his career when he was imprisoned for two two years after being convicted of “gross indecency” with other men. When Wilde was released from prison he left the UK and headed to France where he ended his days.
“One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.”
– “A Woman of No Importance”
“I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more
– “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888)
The Decay of Lying (1889)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories (1891)
The House of Pomegranates (1892)
Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892)
A Woman of No Importance (1893)
The Duchess of Padua (1893)
The Sphinx (1894)
An Ideal Husband (1895)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898)