The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray are great films, did you know that both were written by Oscar Wilde?
Here are a few Oscar Wilde facts for you;
1. Oscar Wilde was born on the 16th October 1854 to Sir William Wilde and Jane Francesca Wilde.
2. Jane Francesca Wilde was a successful poet, published under the pseudonym Speranza. Sir William Wilde was a leading ear and eye surgeon, he was knighted in 1864 for his services as medical adviser and assistant commissioner to the censuses of Ireland.
3. His full name is Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, he had one older brother William (Willie) and a younger sister Isola. Isola died of meningitis at the age of nine. Oscar Wilde’s poem Requiescat is dedicated to her.
4. Oscar was educated at home until he was nine by French and German governesses. He then went to Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh with his brother Willie. Afterwards he attended Trinity College in Dublin and Magdalen College in Oxford graduating in November 1878 with a rare double first in his BA of Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores.
5. In 1882 Oscar toured America lecturing on Aestheticism, his tour lasted for over a year.
6. Oscar Wilde married Constance Lloyd on the 29th May 1884, the had two sons Cyril and Vyvyan.
7. In 1887 Oscar became the editor of The lady’s World magazine. Oscar revitalised the magazine changing the name to The Woman’s World and starting to cover different topics such as women’s feelings.
8. Oscar Wilde only wrote one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, however he also wrote several poems, plays and even children’s books.
9. On 25th May 1895 Oscar Wilde was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years in prison.
10. Oscar died aged forty-six on 30th November 1900 of cerebral meningitis, he was buried in Paris, France.