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Oscar Wilde

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde

Profession: Writer and Poet


Biography: One of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

Best remembered for his epigrams, his novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray", his plays, and his imprisonment and early death.

Born: October 16, 1854
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Star Sign: Libra

Died: November 30, 1900 (aged 46)
Cause of Death: Cerebral meningitis

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Married Life

  • 1884-05-29 Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington, London

Historical Events

  • 1891-01-26 Oscar Wilde's "Duchess of Padua" premieres in NYC
  • 1892-02-22 "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James Theatre, London
  • 1895-01-13 Oscar Wilde's "Ideal Husband" premieres in London
  • 1895-02-14 Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest," opens in London
  • 1895-04-05 Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices
  • 1895-05-25 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency
  • 1896-02-11 Oscar Wilde's "Salome" premieres in Paris
  • 1897-05-19 Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol

Quotes by Oscar Wilde

  • "The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything."