In honor of the great writer’s day, here’s little information about him as well as some fun links inspired by him.
According to the Official Website for Oscar Wilde:
Birthname: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde
Birth date: October 16, 1854
Birth place: Dublin, Ireland
Death date: November 30, 1900
Death place: Paris, France
Burial: La Pére Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
He had brown hair and gray eyes.
School: He attended Trinity College and Magdalen College.
Occupation: Writer! He was a writer of many genres, including playwright, novelist (though he only wrote one novel in his lifetime), and a poet. He was also an editor.
Here are some fun facts!
- He lectured in the US, Canada, and London in 1879. The purpose of his lectures was to teach aesthetic values.
- He is regarded as one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian Era.
- His grandson wrote a biography about him (there are 9 biographies written about him)
- He’s been the subject of many plays, films, and television series.
Thanks to the BookRiot blog, we have a list of useful Oscar Wilde quotes to get us through inevitable family gatherings during the holidays
Here’s a list of 9 films that were inspired by Oscar Wilde’s work, thanks to Mental Floss
The National Portrait Gallery has a lovely collection of Oscar Wilde portraits
And for the Oscar Wilde lover in your life, CaféPress provides an array of merchandise
And here’s one of my favorite Wilde quotes:
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”