Do you know the Victorian writer who said the following?
Good for you. This month’s featured author is Oscar Wilde. From his official
Oscar Wilde’s rich and
dramatic portrayals of the human condition came during the height of the
Victorian Era that swept through London in the late 19th century. At a time
when all citizens of Britain were finally able to embrace literature the
wealthy and educated could only once afford, Wilde wrote many short stories,
plays and poems that continue to inspire millions around the world.
Birthname: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie
Birth date: October 16, 1854
Birth place: Dublin, Ireland
Death date: November 30, 1900
Death place: Paris, France
Burial: La Pére Lachaise
Cemetery, Paris, France
Occupation: Playwright, novelist,
Parents: Sir William Wilde and Jane
Siblings: Henry, Emily, Mary,
Spouse: Constance Lloyd
Children: Cyril and Vyvyan
Did you know?
• Although a proficient and versatile writer,
Wilde only wrote one novel during his lifetime: “The Picture of Dorian Gray,”
published in 1891.
• Possessed three middle names at birth.
• Went on a lecture tour throughout the
United States, London and Canada to teach aesthetic values in 1879.
• Regarded as one of the greatest playwrights
of the Victorian Era, Wilde wrote and produced nine plays.
• Nine biographies have been written on Wilde
since his death, one of them by his grandson, Merlin Holland, in 1997.
Several biographical films, television series and stage plays have been
produced on the life of Oscar Wilde since 1960.