Birthday of Oscar Wilde

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Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin, Ireland. Best known for this comedies including; The importance of being earnest. And his novel The picture of Dorian Gray in which he wrote, “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.”

Oscar Wilde was one of the most impressive and decisive writers of England, and one of the most important ones in the 19th century.

Wilde was born on 16th October 1854. His childhood was relatively calm: he belonged to a rich and cultural family, so he could inherit all their values. However, he suffered a hard moment when his sister died because of a sudden fever. He was so affected that he wrote the poem “Requiescat” (published in his first anthology “Poems”) in her honour.

Since he was a child, he stood out in classics, so he was always close to the writing world. He began publishing in some magazines and newspapers, while he was studying. His first work was “Poems”, full of feeling and emotion. Thanks to all the travelling he did, he could learn about different cultures. This fact inspired him to write poems, and even novels like “The picture of Dorian Gray” where he showed refined ideas and issues in decline. But his most influencing work –his masterpiece- was “The importance of Being Earnest”, a comedy that was about customs and the seriousness of his time.

Oscar Wilde´s success was –and is- based on his “sharp” and epigrammatic ingenuity, that he shows in his pieces, which was rooted in criticising the hypocrisy.

Finally, in 1985, Wilde was incarcerated, and some years later, when he gained freedom, he died on 30th November 1900, because of his weak health condition.


By María Casas

Student at CET Services