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Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde real name Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16th 1854 in Dublin His father William Robert Wilde was an eminent eye doctor with an interest in myths and folklore He was the founder of the first eye and ear hospital in Great Britain as well as the appointed Surgeon Occultist to the Queen who knighted him His mother Jane Francesca Elgee Wilde was a poet who wrote patriotic Irish verse under the pen name Speranza and had a considerable following As a youngster Wilde was exposed to the brilliant literary talk of the day at his mothers Dublin salon In 1864 Wilde entered the Portora Royal School at Enniskillen and in 1871 entered Trinity College in Dublin In 1874 he left Ireland and went to England to attend Magdalen College at Oxford As a student there he excelled in classics wrote poetry and incorporated the Bohemian life style of his youth into a unique way of life He came under the influence of aesthetic innovators such as English writers Walter Pater and John Ruskin He found the aesthetic movements notions of art for arts sake and dedicating ones life to art suitable to his temperament and talents As an aesthete Wilde wore long hair and velvet knee breeches and became known for his eccentricity as well as his academic ability His rooms were filled with various objets dart such as sunflowers peacock feathers and blue china Wilde frequently confided that his greatest challenge at University was learning to live up to the perfection of the china Wilde won numerous academic prizes while studying there including the Newdigate Prize a coveted poetry award for his poem Ravenna In 1879 Wilde moved to London to make himself famous He set about establishing himself as the leader and model of the aesthetic movement Besides his hair and breeches he added loose-fitting wide-collared silk shirts with flowing ties
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