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Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet best known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the play The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as for his infamous arrest and imprisonment for being gay.

Born in Dublin but living mostly abroad, Wilde is probably the best known about but least known writer of modern times. This might best be explained by the fact that he developed the cult of personality, in new times, an era of newspapers and of new status for the Theater; he was in fact a Celebrity, known all around the English speaking world. When ask by customs, on entering America, if he had anything to declare; he famously replied, “Nothing except my genius”.

After prison he went into exile in France where he died penny less. Forever Oscar, his last word are said to have been; “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.” The wall paper stayed.

In “The Picture of Dorian Grey” He wrote: “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”




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