Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, 1854 - 1900

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Born: 16 October 1854, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 30 November 1900, Paris, France

Wilde's father was a well-known surgeon, his mother was a six-foot poetess who lived to create sensation, a trait that Oscar picked up. For most of his years he treated life as a performance, buying much of his clothing from theatrical costumers rather than tailors. At thirty he decided to become respectable, married, and sired two sons. But two years later he started sneaking off to Oxford to disport with young men and abandoned his family, claiming to have "forgotten the address." He spent the years 1888 - 1895 in a haze of liquor and young men, but managed to do most of his writing during the period. This ended when the Marquess of Queensbury accused him of improper relations with the Marquess' son, Wilde sued for libel, but in the course of the trial his homosexuality was revealed and Wilde was sentenced to two years at hard labor. Out of prison again, he wrote little, took the alias Sebastian Melmoth, moved to the continent, and died penniless at Paris in 1900. He would have appreciated being remembered for his quotes.

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