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Oscar Wilde real name Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde was born onOctober 16th 1854 in Dublin His father William Robert Wilde was an eminenteyedoctor with an interest in myths and folklore He was the founder of thefirst eye and earhospital in Great Britain as well as the appointed Surgeon Occultist tothe Queen whoknighted him His mother Jane Francesca Elgee Wilde was a poet who wrotepatrioticIrish verse under the pen name Speranza and had a considerable followingAs ayoungster Wilde was exposed to the brilliant literary talk of the day athis mothers Dublinsalon In 1864 Wilde entered the Portora Royal School at Enniskillenand in 1871entered Trinity College in Dublin In 1874 he left Ireland and went to Englandto attendMagdalen College at Oxford As a student there he excelled in classicswrote poetryand incorporated the Bohemian life style of his youth into a unique way oflife He cameunder the influence of aesthetic innovators such as English writers WalterPater and JohnRuskin He found the aesthetic movements notions of art for arts sakeand dedicatingones life to art suitable to his temperament and talents As an aestheteWilde wore longhair and velvet knee breeches and became known for his eccentricity as wellas hisacademic ability His rooms were filled with various objets dart such assunflowerspeacock feathers and blue china Wilde frequently confided that his greatestchallenge atUniversity was learning to live up to the perfection of the china Wildewon numerousacademic prizes while studying there including the Newdigate Prize a covetedpoetryaward for his poem Ravenna In 1879 Wilde moved to London to make himself famousHe set aboutestablishing himself as the leader and model of the aesthetic movement Besideshis hairand breeches he added loose-fitting wide-collared silk shirts with flowingties andlavender colored gloves He frequently carried a jewel-topped cane and wascaricatured inthe press flamboyantly attired and holding an over-sized sunflower an iconof themovement Wilde quickly became well known despite having any substantialachievements to build on His natural wit and good humor endeared him tothe art andtheater world and
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