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VY_32_INOVACE_17_11. OSCAR WILDE. (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900). was an Irish writer and poet. Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life.

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oscar wilde


(16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)

was an irish writer and poet

was an Irish writer and poet

Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life.



  • Statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square, Dublin. The materials are granite, green nephrite jade, white jadeite and thulite.

Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day.

the canterville ghost 1887
The Canterville Ghost (1887)

He met with a severe fall" - Illustration by Wallace Goldsmith of the effects of a butter slide set up by the twins as part of their campaign of practical jokes against the ghost.

the happy prince and other stories 1888 fairy stories
The Happy Prince and Other Stories (1888, fairy stories)

llustration for the first edition by Walter Crane

the nightingale and the rose
"The Nightingale and the Rose"
  • A nightingale overhears a student complaining that his professor's daughter will not dance with him, as he is unable to give her a red rose. The nightingale visits all the rose-trees in the garden, and one of the roses tells her there is a way to produce a red rose, but only if the nightingale is prepared to sing the sweetest song for the rose all night with her heart pressing into a thorn, sacrificing her life. Seeing the student in tears, and valuing his human life above her bird life, the nightingale carries out the ritual. She impales herself on the rose-tree's thorn so that her heart's blood can stain the rose. The student takes the rose to the professor's daughter, but she again rejects him because another man has sent her some real jewels, and "everybody knows that jewels cost far more than flowers." The student angrily throws the rose into the gutter, returns to his study of metaphysics, and decides not to believe in true love anymore.
the picture of dorian gray 1890
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

Dorian faces his portrait in the 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray

an ideal husband
An Ideal Husband

Lord Goring confronts Mrs. Cheveley about a stolen bracelet. From a 1901 collected edition of Wilde's work

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Lady Windermere's Fan
  • The play has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations and a musical adaptation

Yet each man kills the thing he lovesBy each let this be heard.Some do it with a bitter look,Some with a flattering word.The coward does it with a kiss,The brave man with a sword!

  • The epitaph is a verse

from The Ballad of Reading Gaol:

  • And alien tears will fill for himPity's long-broken urn,For his mourners will be outcast men,And outcasts always mourn.