Oscar Wilde


Born
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.”
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February 2015 Old School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our February 2015 Old School Classics group read?

1887, The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, 126 pages
 
  10 votes, 20.0%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  8 votes, 16.0%

1818, Persuasion by Jane Austen, 249 pages
 
  6 votes, 12.0%

 
  5 votes, 10.0%

 
  5 votes, 10.0%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.0%

 
  4 votes, 8.0%

1871, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.0%

 
  2 votes, 4.0%

 
  2 votes, 4.0%

 
  1 vote, 2.0%

1877, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, 245 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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