Oscar Wilde

Welcome to Oscar Wilde online, a website dedicated to one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.

A brief introduction:

Oscar Wilde Portrait Oscar Wilde - playwright, novelist, poet, critic

  • Born: October 16, 1854
  • Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: November 30, 1900 in Paris, France (cerebral meningitis)
  • Best Known Work: Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Ballad of Reading Gaol...

Oscar Wilde, Irish-born writer known for his wry wit, was the chief advocate of the aesthetic movement based on the principle of art for art's sake (L'art pour l'art). Wilde was a novelist, playwright, poet, and critic.

He is famous for his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde's only novel), his long poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol and, of course, his humorous, witty one-line quotations.

Wilde is regarded as one of the most proficient and versatile writers of the English language.

"All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life."
- Oscar Wilde