About Oscar Wilde:

Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish author and playwright in the late 19th Century. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, most famously the Importance of Being Earnest, which also has two cinematic adaptations. As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of homosexuality with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to the UK. His famous last words include "I guess I shall have to die beyond my means" after being told the cost of his operation. When he awoke from surgery, he is reported to have also said "Either these curtains go, or I do" before passing away.

Oscar Wilde's View's on Society:

Most of Oscar Wilde's plays and short stories poke fun at conventions of society that everyone follows without thinking objectively. For example, in "The Happy Prince", a Professor sees a swallow in the winter and "He wrote a long letter about it in the local newspaper. Everyone quoted it, it was so full of so many words that they could not understand." He also makes a mockery of society's rules through his personification of animals behaving similarly. In the same story, the swallow falls in love with a reed in a pond, but the other swallows say "This is a ridiculous attachment, she has no money, and far too many relations (indeed the river was quite full of reeds)".

His views regarding women and marriage are equally humourous, and his hillarious quotes about them are quoted all the time. In his most recognized play, the Importance of Being Earnest, Jack and Algernon have this conversation:
Algernon: If you get married, which seems to me to be extremely problematic, you will be very glad to [have an escape out of the city]. A man without it has a very tedious time of it.
Jack: That is nonsense. If I marry a charming girl like Gwendolen, and she is the only girl I ever saw in my life that I would marry, I certainly won't want an escape.
Algernon: Then your wife will. You don't seem to realize, that in marriage life three is company, and two is none.

The way he contradicts the way people traditionally think in such a blunt, yet truthful way is what makes him so rememberable. For these reasons, he is one of my favourite authors and playwrights of all time.

List of Works:

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Short Stories:
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
The Canterville Ghost
The Sphinx Without a Secret
The Model Millionaire
The Young King
The Birthday of the Infanta
The Fisherman and his Soul
The Star-Child
The Happy Prince
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Selfish Giant
The Devoted Friend
The Remarkable Rocket
The Portrait of Mr. W.H.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Lady Windermere's Fan
A Woman of No Importance
An Ideal Husband
The Duchess of Padua
Vera (or the Nihilists)
A Florentine Tragedy
La Sainte Courtisane

Oscar Wilde also wrote countless poems, so many that I cannot write them all down. If you wish to check out poetry that Oscar Wilde has written, you may choose to follow this link: Oscar Wilde Poems

Other famous Oscar Wilde quotations:

· I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
· I am not young enough to know everything.
· It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
· To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.
I can resist anything but temptation.
· It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
· What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
· But what is the difference between literature and journalism?> ...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
· I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
· To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
· When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

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