Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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in Dublin, Ireland
October 16, 1854

died
November 30, 1900

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.

As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of "gross indecency" with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.


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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
Oscar Wilde

“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

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Hey Beauties,

September 21-27, 2014 is Banned Books Week. In honor of the first amendment, I have picked a few challenged or banned books for us to vote on for our September book. The selections range from classic to contemporary.

"The books the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame" --Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde

Brave New World/ Brave New World Revisited Brave New World/Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley
 
  2 votes, 50.0%

1984 1984 by George Orwell George Orwell
 
  1 vote, 25.0%

Looking for Alaska Looking for Alaska by John Green John Green
 
  1 vote, 25.0%

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Sherman Alexie
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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