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Wilde Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills b Oct 16 1854 Dublin Ire d Nov 30 1900 Paris Fr Irish wit poet and dramatist whose reputation grounds on his comic masterpieces Lady Windermeres Fan 1892 and The Importance of Being Earnest 1895 He was a spokesman for the late 19th-century Aesthetic movement in England which advocated art for arts sake and he had to suffer from celebrated civil and criminal suits which involving his homosexuality and caused his ending in imprisonment 1895-97 Wilde was born of professional and literary parents Wilde was the second son of Sir William Wildewho was Irelands leading ear and eye surgeonAugenchirurg who also published books on archaeology folklore and the satirist Jonathan Swift his mother Lady Jane Francesca Wildecan be described as an ambitious and revolutionary poet and an authority on Celtic myth and folkloreShe was a prominent figure in Dublin literary society He had a brother his name was William who was one year older than Oscar and a sister who was three years younger and she died when she was 10 years old after a bad illness The family was quite well-off Wilde attended the Portora Royal SchoolEnniskillen1864-71and his favourite subjects were poetry and the classics Wilde excelled as a student of classical literature His successive scholarships at Trinity College Dublin 1871-74 and Magdalen College Oxford 1874-78 induced them to award him with a degree with honoursBy means of his long poem Ravenna he won the covetedheftig begehrtNewdigate Prize in 1878This implied a huge progress for him because he
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