Oscar Wilde, one of London’s most popular playwrights

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“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Oscar Wilde

 

Who was Oscar Wilde?

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900) was a prolific Irish writer who wrote plays, fiction, essays and poetry. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays.

Early life

Wilde’s parents were successful Anglo-Irish, Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university, Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles.

Literary activities

As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new “English Renaissance in Art”, and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist.

Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day. The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London.

Text : Wikipedia contributors. “Oscar Wilde.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 Aug. 2017. Web.

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