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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish poet and dramatist - being researched by Icons of Europe.Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Irish writer and dramatist.

The OSCAR statuette:
it must be Oscar Wilde!

The life, works, downfall and legacy of Oscar.Wilde are currently being researched by Icons of Europe.¹

"The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it"
The Critic As Artist

Countdown to Oscar Wilde 2014,
his 160-year birthday anniversary

... and
much less to the Jenny Lind Gala Concert 2013

Oscar Wilde in summary
Known for the barbed wit imbedded in his works, Oscar Wilde became one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.  The period in which he gained fame, however, came late and was relative short.

Oscar Wilde's one and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in 1890.  His acclaimed plays were written in 1891-1894:

  • Salomé: first written in French, published in 1893.
  • Lady Windermere's Fan: comedy dealing with a blackmailing divorcée driven to self-sacrifice by maternal love.
  • A Woman of No Importance:  comedy about an illegitimate son torn between his father and mother.
  • An Ideal Husband:  comedy dealing with blackmail, political corruption and public and private honour.
  • The Importance of Being Earnest:  comedy about two fashionable young gentlemen and their eventually successful courtships.

Earlier, he published a collection of poems in Boston during his full-year tour of America in 1882, and in 1888 the Hans Christian Andersen-like stories The Happy Prince and Other Tales.  Among other essays in the period 1889-1892, three stand out:

As the result of an infamous trial in 1895 convicting him of gross indecency, Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for two years of hard labour.  Scholars have later studied his own letters, the long epistle De Profundis, the mysterious publication Oscar Wilde From Purgatory: Psychic Messages, and some other works.

« Art for Art's sake »

Among many Twitter accounts,
we recommend this one:

Why does Oscar Wilde
refer emotionally to Chopin in
The Critic As Artist?

Quotes by Oscar Wilde
Wilde: Icon of Ireland
Is this Oscar Wilde's voice?
What's the big deal?
10 misconceptions

Emile Zola

¹ New research of Oscar Wilde's life, works, downfall and.legacy will be documented in the last chapter of Icons of Europe's new book Le Rêve de Chopin.  An observation among many:  «The OSCAR statuette of the Academy Awards:  it must be Oscar Wilde! ».

At a Pianoworld forum, an interesting comment dated 18 November 2009:  "BTW the Icons of Europe people in their Dan Brown fashion are now somehow trying to link Wilde into with the Chopin/Jenny Lind business."

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