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Birth date: October 16, 1854 ( Dublin, Ireland ) Death date: November 30, 1900 ( Paris, France ) Oscar Wilde
novelist poet historian short story writer editor critic
Oscar Wilde excelled during his academic years. Being a very gifted man, he had a photographic memory. He is famous for his wit, humor, social criticism and linguistic skills.
He was one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian Era. Oscar kept to aesthetic literary movement that emphasized aesthetic values.
Famous Works The Picture of Dorian Gray (novel) The Importance of Being Earnest (play) The Ballad of Reading Gaol (poem) The stories and fairy-tales for children: The Happy Prince The Canterville Ghost The Selfish Giant The Nightingale and the Rose
The portrait of Dorian Gray. Wilde wrote this novel during his lifetime and finally published it in 1891. The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward.
This philosophical novel is about a deal with the devil in which the magic portrait plays an important role. The novel was screened many times.
The Canterville Ghost. It’s one of Wilde’s most famous fairy-tales. The story of the Canterville Ghost takes place in an old English country house.
This fairy-tale has humorous character. The attempts of the ghost to scare the people are in vain.
The Happy Prince and Other Tales. It is a collection of stories for children published in 1888. The Happy Prince. A swallow meets the statue of the late "Happy Prince", which houses the soul of the original prince, who in reality had never experienced true happiness. The statue inspires the swallow to selfless acts.
The collection also contains: “The Nightingale and the Rose”, "The Selfish Giant", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable Rocket“. All Wilde’s stories result in the triumph of love, compassion and help to poor people.
Oscar possessed three middle names at birth - Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde