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    Home/ Dublin Writers / Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

     

    Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

     

    Oscar Wilde was a literary genius whose wit, eloquence & personal lifestyle captivated the attention of Victorian Society.

    Born in 1854, Oscar Wilde, this brilliant Irish dramatist was the Andrew Lloyd Webber of his time in the late 1800s with numerous plays running simultaneously in London.

    The complete works of Oscar Wilde is as follows:

    Poems (1881)
    Ravenna(1878)
    The Canterville Ghost (1887)
    The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888)
    The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1889)
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
    A House of Pomegranates (1891)
    Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891)
    Intentions (essays, 1891)
    The Nihilists (1880)
    The Duchess of Padua (1883)
    Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)
    La Sainte Courtisane (1893)
    A Woman of No Importance (1893)
    Salomé (1894)
    An Ideal Husband (1895)
    The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).
    Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898)
    De Profundis (1905) Published after Oscar Wilde's death in 1900

    Oscar Wilde, christened Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, was born in Dublin in October 1854.His mother was the poet Jane Francesca Agnes née Elgee. Oscar Wilde's father was a very eccentric ear and eye surgeon Sir William Robert Wills Wilde. After initial schooling at home Oscar entered Trinity College, Dublin, & from there to Magdalen College, Oxford. At Oxford, his penchant for publicity was cultivated where he founding the Aesthetic Movement. It was here where Oscar Wilde started 'cutting a dash' surrounding himself with fashion conscious dandies & aesthetes.

    Oscar was a brilliant student winning many prizes.

    Oscar Wilde was one of the most famous 'celebrities' in London in the 1890s.His plays were attended by Royalty, his presence at dinner parties & soirees the most eagerly sought after. This meteoric flight across the literary & social London scene was ended by the humiliation of imprisonment for 2 years with hard labour in Reading Goal for indecency.

    This harsh sentence 'broke' Oscar & this shell of a literary genius eked out the rest of his life in penury in Paris with only a few faithful friends to comfort him. A sad end to a brilliant writer & poet.

    Sadly, some of his finest work came out of Oscar Wilde's prison experience with the Ballad of Reading Gaol:

    Yet each man kills the thing he loves
    By each let this be heard,
    Some do it with a bitter look,
    Some with a flattering word,
    The coward does it with a kiss,
    The brave man with a sword!

     

     

     

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