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Full Name Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde Birth October 16 1854 Dublin Date of Death November 30 1900 Aged 46 Description of Death Oscar Wilde died penniless and alone in a Paris hotel He was buried without much ceremony in the cemetery of Pre Lachaise Commemoration For years after his death the name of Oscar Wilde held the disgrace attached to it by Victorian homosexuality Wilde the artist now is recognized as a brilliant social commentator whose best work remains worthwhile and relevant Education Trinity College Dublin Profession Irish-born writer and wit who was the chief proponent of the aesthetic movement based on the principle of art for arts sake Wilde was a novelist playwright poet and critic History As a youngster he was exposed to the brilliant literary talk of the day In 1878 Oscar Wilde moved to London with a degree from Oxford and a burning desire to achieve stardom He had been taught by his mother to view life as a performance and he made a spectacle of everything sometimes hailing a cab just to cross the street He once wrote I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me His wardrobe was designed not by tailors but by theatre customers who Wilde felt would more easily understand the dramatic effects he was trying to achieve His standard costume included a velvet coat edged with braid knee breeches black silk stockings a soft loose shirt with wide low turned-down collar and a large flowing pale green tie He topped the costume off with sunflowers and lillies in his buttonhole a garish touch which became almost a signature for the outrageous public figure Wilde was so shrewdly constructing Within two years he had made quite a name for himself but his first play Vera or The Nihilists was not well received Nor was his first volume of poetry Wilde decided briefly to adopt a
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