Oscar Wilde, full name Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16, 1854, in Dublin. He is an Irish Playwright and Poet. He is well- known for his witty and intelligent works including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.
The Life Of Oscar Wilde
His father was a prestige surgeon, and his mother was a writer. Because of his parent's successes, Oscar Wilde had an outstanding childhood. He attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, a reputable school in Ireland. After attending high school, Oscar studied at Trinity College in Dublin where he received many awards. At this point, he was gaining attention for his unique writing and lifestyle.
Oscar Wilde moved to Oxford, England and attended Magdalen College where he began his writing career. In 1878, he published his first poem "Ravenna" and awarded the Newdigate prize. In 1886, he started to practice homosexuality, which was against the Victorian moral code, but he used this as an inspiration for his writing. He was later on convicted and found guilty of homosexuality, a criminal offense at that time.
What Can We Learn From Oscar Wilde?
Always remember your roots
After moving to Oxford, Oscar likes to joke about forgetting his Irish accent. His play Salomé was prohibited in London. Then he said the following quote "I will not consent to call myself a citizen of a country that shows such narrowness in artistic judgment, I am not English. I am Irish". Living in another country, Oscar was still embracing his Irish culture, and never forgot his birth country. And, he refuses to call himself English if they won't accept his roots and beliefs.
Education Is Important
He attended Trinity College and Oxford. He took his education seriously and was even awarded. We don’t need to attend prestige schools like Oscar, but knowing certain topics are important to being citizens.
No Job Is Ever DegradingHaving an unstable position as a lecturer, he needed to earn more money to survive. To do so, he became an editor for a woman's magazine, offering fashion tips.
Don't live a Double Life
Oscar Wilde had multiple hidden affairs and had a series of sexual encounters with younger men and 'rent boys.' He lived a double life that had a major effect on his life.