Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, and poet. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854 and died in Paris, France, in 1900. He wrote nine plays, one novel, and many short stories, poems, and essays.

After graduating from Trinity College in Dublin, Oscar moved to England, where he published a collection of poems that didn't do very well. He also worked as an art reviewer, taught in the U.S., Canada, England, and Ireland, and lived in France.

Later, he married Constance Lloyd and worked as an editor for a magazine to support his family. He wrote other fairy tale stories for his two sons, Cyril and Vyvyan.

Later, Oscar Wilde sued the Marquis of Queensberry for libel, as the man accused Oscar of having homosexual relations with the Marquis' son (which was true). Because of this, Wilde was imprisoned for “gross indecency” and sentenced to two years of hard labor for the crime of sodomy.

After his release, Oscar Wilde wandered about Europe, staying with friends and in cheap hotels. He died in 1900 in France because of cerebral meningitis.