It would be in France that he wrote his last works, The Ballad of Reading Goal, a lengthy poem remembering the harsh life that was a prison life.
Oscar Wilde Fact Sheet: Who was Oscar Wilde? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1854 - 1900 *** Full Name: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde *** Occupation: Irish Playwright, Novelist, Essayist and Poet *** Date of Birth: Oscar Wilde was born on October 16th 1854 *** Place of Birth: Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland *** Family background: His father was Sir William Wilde and his mother Jane Francesca Agnes Elgee who in her own right published under the name of Speranza *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with an older brother William and younger sister called Isola. His father also had three older illegitimate children who were brought up by relatives but who he clearly acknowledged *** Education: Oscar Wilde was educated at home until he was nine years of age where he was taught by a German governor and French bonne, he then attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen ***
Oscar Wilde Fact 1:
Oscar Wilde was born on October 16th
1854 and during the 19th century
period in history when many empires
across the globe collapsed, the
Spanish, first and second French,
Holy Roman, Mughal and Chinese but
the British and Russian Empires, the
United States and German Empire
where on the rise.
Oscar Wilde Fact 8:
After the death of his father he
used his inheritance to travel to
London and set up home there. Over
the next six years he spent his time
travelling between the United
States, Paris and London where he
was delivering lectures.
Oscar Wilde Fact 10: By the
time had reached twenty seven he
published a book of Poems that sold
out after its initial publication of
seven hundred and fifty copies and
went in for reprinting.
Oscar Wilde Fact 15:
By 1888 he had produced his own
short story, The Happy Prince and
Other Tales, and in 1891 produce two
move tombs entitled Lord Arthur
Savile’s Crime and Other Stories and
A House of Pomegranates.
Oscar Wilde Fact 19:
It would be the father of a friend
of Wilde’s, the Marquess of
Queensberry that would be the
downfall of him. A brutish man and
outspoken he had frequently
questioned Wilde on the nature of
his friendship with his son.
Oscar Wilde Fact 21: Having dropped the case he was left open for prosecution himself on gross indecency and sodomy for which he was arrested and stood trial. He would be found guilty and sentenced to two years hard labour.
Oscar Wilde Fact 22: Hard labor was particularly hard on Wilde and would eventually wear him down to the extent that he collapsed and would spend two months in the prison infirmary. Once released from prison he left for the continent.
Oscar Wilde Fact 23: He spent his last three years living in impoverished exile in France.
Oscar Wilde Fact 24:
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde
died of cerebral meningitis on
November 30th 1900 aged forty six
years. His body laid to rest at the
Cimetiere de Bagneux just outside of
Paris, before being re-interred at
the Pere Lachaise Cemetery just
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