‘I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy.’ Oscar Wilde
Wilde wrote only one novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey – but what a novel – which placed him securely among the giants of literature along with his comic masterpieces The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan.
4 Things We Love about Oscar Wilde:
- His full name - Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde – We had to share that!
- On arrival to New York City in the early 1880s, he declared to customs that he had ‘nothing to declare but his genius.’
- He was the spokesperson for the Aesthetic movement in England that advocated art for art’s sake.
- He was imprisoned for two years hard labour but maintained ‘an unconquerable gaiety of soul” according to fellow Irish literary giant, George Bernard Shaw.