Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he enjoyed cultivating his reputation as an aesthete and a dandy.

He married in 1884 and had two sons, for whom he wrote fairy-tales. Wilde's reputation as a writer was established primarily through his comedy plays but at the height of his fame he was provoked into a law-suit by the father of his homosexual lover, and was subsequently prosecuted and jailed. He wrote his most famous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, whilst in prison. On his release he moved to Paris where he died three years later, a saddened and broken man.

Wilde was a highly entertaining character, a brilliant wit and wordsmith, and a talented, original writer. His works are as popular today as they were in his lifetime.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Sonnet to Liberty
Ave Imperatrix
To Milton
Louis Napoleon
On the Massacre of the Christians in Bulgaria
Quantum Mutata
Libertatis Sacra Fames
The Garden Of Eros
  Sonnet On Approaching Italy
San Miniato
Ave Maria Gratia Plena
Holy Week at Genoa
Rome Unvisited
Urbs Sacra Aeterna
Sonnet on Hearing the Dies Irae Sung in the Sistine Chapel
Easter Day
E Tenebris
Vita Nuova

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