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Oscar Wilde

Irish playwright and author of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

16/10/1854 - 30/11/1900

Oscar Wilde biography and information

Oscar Wilde was an Irish author and the most popular playwright in 1890s London. He studied the Classics at Dublin and Oxford before moving to London. He wrote his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, in 1890 but his reputation arose from the success of his plays.

In 1895 Wilde brought a case of libel against the Marquess of Queensberry after the latter called him a sodomite. During the trial, evidence appeared which led to Wilde's eventual arrest for 'gross indecency with other men.' He was imprisoned to two years hard labour and left for France upon his release. He died in Paris at the age of 46.

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George Bernard Shaw, Alan Bennett and Henry James.