Welcome to Oracleireland.com



Oscar Wilde.

Famous Irish People.

Oscar Wilde.


Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 he studied there and Oxford, he was a prolific writer and noted wit. Wilde probably inherited some of his writing ability from both of his parents, his father was a notable eye and ear surgeon writing not only about surgery but also archaeology.

His mother was a committed nationalist, from 1845 she contributed poetry to The Nation under the pen name 'Speranza' After her husbands death in 1876 she moved to London where she published several works on Irish folk lore, 'Ancient Legends of Ireland' 1887 and 'Ancient Cures'

Oscar produced many works but only one novel, 'The Picture of Dorian Grey' 1891, this was followed by a series of comedies' A Woman of no Importance' 1893, 'The Importance of Being Earnest' 1895, he wrote fairy tales and other stories, and a long political essay 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism' 189. His social comedies included 'Lady Windermere's Fan' 1892 and 'An Ideal Husband' 1895.

Wilde although married with children was a homosexual and they had a particularly hard time when he was imprisoned after he had an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, son of The Marques of Queensbury, famed for the boxing rules which carry his name. Queensbury provoked Wilde into a lawsuit which culminated in financial ruin and imprisonment. During his time in prison he wrote 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' published 1889 And a letter also written in gaol 'De Profundis' was published in 1905 He was released in 1897 and moved to France, when he died in 1900 he was buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris.

Go to famous Irish People home page.