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

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
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Polls

January 2017 Short Story Poll

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  56 votes, 23.9%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 1879, 122 pages
 
  38 votes, 16.2%

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, 1888, 32 pages
 
  32 votes, 13.7%

 
  31 votes, 13.2%

The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain, 1916, 121 pages
 
  25 votes, 10.7%

Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesen, 1958, 54 pages
 
  15 votes, 6.4%

Gigi by Colette, 1942, 58 pages
 
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  12 votes, 5.1%

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