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A few months later he was moved to Wandsworth Prison in London. Inmates there also followed the regimen of "hard labour, hard fare and a hard bed", which wore harshly on Wilde's delicate health. His right ear drum was ruptured in the fall, an injury that later contributed to his death. The transfer itself was the lowest point of his incarceration, as a crowd jeered and spat at him on the railway platform.

About five months after Wilde arrived at Reading Gaol, Charles Thomas Wooldridge , a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards, was brought to Reading to await his trial for murdering his wife on 29 March ; on 17 June Wooldridge was sentenced to death and returned to Reading for his execution, which took place on Tuesday, 7 July — the first hanging at Reading in 18 years.

Wilde was not, at first, even allowed paper and pen but Haldane eventually succeeded in allowing access to books and writing materials. Between January and March Wilde wrote a 50,word letter to Douglas.

He was not allowed to send it, but was permitted to take it with him when released from prison. His own estimation of himself was: The second half of the letter traces Wilde's spiritual journey of redemption and fulfilment through his prison reading. He realised that his ordeal had filled his soul with the fruit of experience, however bitter it tasted at the time.

I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was that I confined myself so exclusively to the trees of what seemed to me the sun-lit side of the garden, and shunned the other side for its shadow and its gloom.

Wilde was released from prison on 18 May and sailed immediately for France. He never returned to the UK. On his release, he gave the manuscript to Ross, who may or may not have carried out Wilde's instructions to send a copy to Douglas who later denied having received it. De Profundis was partially published in ; its complete and correct publication first occurred in in The Letters of Oscar Wilde. Though Wilde's health had suffered greatly from the harshness and diet of prison, he had a feeling of spiritual renewal.

He immediately wrote to the Society of Jesus requesting a six-month Catholic retreat; when the request was denied, Wilde wept. He spent his last three years in impoverished exile. His discussion of the dismissal of Warder Martin for giving biscuits to an anaemic child prisoner repeated the themes of the corruption and degeneration of punishment that he had earlier outlined in The Soul of Man under Socialism. Wilde spent mid with Robert Ross in the seaside village of Berneval-le-Grand in northern France, where he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol , narrating the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge , who murdered his wife in a rage at her infidelity.

It moves from an objective story-telling to symbolic identification with the prisoners as a whole. Wilde juxtaposes the executed man and himself with the line "Yet each man kills the thing he loves". He adopted the proletarian ballad form, and the author was credited as "C33", Wilde's cell number in Reading Gaol. Although Douglas had been the cause of his misfortunes, he and Wilde were reunited in August at Rouen. This meeting was disapproved of by the friends and families of both men.

Constance Wilde was already refusing to meet Wilde or allow him to see their sons, though she sent him money — a meagre three pounds a week. During the latter part of , Wilde and Douglas lived together near Naples for a few months until they were separated by their families under the threat of cutting off all funds.

Pray do what you can" he wrote to his publisher. He wandered the boulevards alone, and spent what little money he had on alcohol. Soon Wilde was sufficiently confined to his hotel to joke, on one of his final trips outside, "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death.

One of us has got to go. By 25 November Wilde had developed meningitis , then called cerebral meningitis. As the voiture rolled through the dark streets that wintry night, the sad story of Oscar Wilde was in part repeated to me Robert Ross knelt by the bedside, assisting me as best he could while I administered conditional baptism, and afterwards answering the responses while I gave Extreme Unction to the prostrate man and recited the prayers for the dying.

As the man was in a semi-comatose condition, I did not venture to administer the Holy Viaticum ; still I must add that he could be roused and was roused from this state in my presence.

When roused, he gave signs of being inwardly conscious Indeed I was fully satisfied that he understood me when told that I was about to receive him into the Catholic Church and gave him the Last Sacraments And when I repeated close to his ear the Holy Names, the Acts of Contrition , Faith, Hope and Charity, with acts of humble resignation to the Will of God, he tried all through to say the words after me.

Wilde died of meningitis on 30 November The modernist angel depicted as a relief on the tomb was originally complete with male genitalia, which have since been vandalised; their current whereabouts are unknown. In , Leon Johnson, a multimedia artist, installed a silver prosthesis to replace them. In , the tomb was cleaned of the many lipstick marks left there by admirers and a glass barrier was installed to prevent further marks or damage.

The epitaph is a verse from The Ballad of Reading Gaol: And alien tears will fill for him Pity's long-broken urn, For his mourners will be outcast men, And outcasts always mourn. In , Wilde was among an estimated 50, men who were pardoned for homosexual acts that were no longer considered offences under the Policing and Crime Act The Act is known informally as the Alan Turing law.

Wilde's life continues to fascinate, and he has been the subject of numerous biographies since his death. The earliest were memoirs by those who knew him: His Life and Confessions ; though prone to exaggeration and sometimes factually inaccurate, it offers a good literary portrait of Wilde.

Oscar Wilde and Myself , largely ghost-written by T. Crosland , vindictively reacted to Douglas's discovery that De Profundis was addressed to him and defensively tried to distance him from Wilde's scandalous reputation. Both authors later regretted their work. A Summing Up and his Autobiography he was more sympathetic to Wilde. Of Wilde's other close friends, Robert Sherard ; Robert Ross , his literary executor; and Charles Ricketts variously published biographies, reminiscences or correspondence.

The first more or less objective biography of Wilde came about when Hesketh Pearson wrote Oscar Wilde: His Life and Wit Oscar Wilde, a critical study by Arthur Ransome was published in The trial in April was in a way a re-run of the trials of Oscar Wilde. The trial resulted from Douglas's rivalry with Robbie Ross for Wilde and his need of money.

Douglas lost after a reading of De Profundis refuted his claims. Wilde's life was still waiting for independent, true scholarship when Richard Ellmann began researching his biography Oscar Wilde , for which he posthumously won a National USA Book Critics Circle Award in [] and a Pulitzer Prize in Often speculative in nature, it was widely criticised for its pure conjecture and lack of scholarly rigour.

Robert Ross, 23 December []. Wilde's charm also had a lasting effect on Parisian literati, who produced several original biographies and monographs on him. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 12 September This article is about the 19th-century author. For other uses, see Oscar Wilde disambiguation. Irish poet and playwright. Photograph taken in by Napoleon Sarony.

Drama short story criticism dialogue journalism. Cyril Holland Vyvyan Holland. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas in The Importance of Being Earnest. When first I was put into prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realising what I am that I have found comfort of any kind. Now I am advised by others to try on my release to forget that I have ever been in a prison at all.

I know that would be equally fatal. To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Biographies of Oscar Wilde.

Later on I think everyone will recognise his achievements; his plays and essays will endure. Of course you may think with others that his personality and conversation were far more wonderful than anything he wrote, so that his written works give only a pale reflection of his power.

Perhaps that is so, and of course it will be impossible to reproduce what is gone forever. Oscar Wilde in America. Retrieved 12 August Apparently the editor liked the verse, so switched it to the other magazine so as to attain "a larger and better audience".

It was revised for inclusion in Poems the next year. In any case the Marquess of Queensberry came to believe his sons had been corrupted by older homosexuals or, as he phrased it in a letter in the aftermath of Drumlanrig's death: The hall porter initially read "ponce and sodomite", but Queensberry himself claimed that he'd written "posing 'as' a sodomite", an easier accusation to defend in court. Merlin Holland concludes that "what Queensberry almost certainly wrote was "posing somdomite [ sic ]", Holland In , Wilde's son Vyvyan Holland published it again, including parts formerly omitted, but relying on a faulty typescript bequeathed to him by Ross.

Ross's typescript had contained several hundred errors, including typist's mistakes, Ross's 'improvements' and other inexplicable omissions. He pressed our hands. I then went in search of a priest and with great difficulty found Fr Cuthbert Dunne, of the Passionists, who came with me at once and administered Baptism and Extreme Unction — Oscar could not take the Eucharist ". Retrieved 3 April Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde.

Retrieved 15 May The Importance of Being Irish. PS Review of Freemasonry. Retrieved 2 March Retrieved 15 October Retrieved 14 April Regarding Wilde's visit to Leadville, Colorado, 24 December Saint James, Sussex Gardens, London. Archived from the original on 8 January Retrieved 25 September Retrieved 6 November Essays By Daniel Mendelsohn.

Retrieved 28 September Essays of Oscar Wilde London: From Project Gutenberg transcription. The Picture of Dorian Gray". Wilde, Oscar O'Flahertie Wills — , author. Retrieved 12 March Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend.

Wilde was lauded by and acquainted with many influential figures of the day including fellow playwright George Bernard Shaw , American poets Walt Whitman and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , and English author and social critic John Ruskin.

His works have inspired countless fellow authors, have been translated to numerous languages, and have been adapted to the stage and screen many times over. Wilde's mother was a prominent poet and nationalist; his father a successful ear and eye surgeon and noted philanthropist, knighted in Oscar had an older brother named William and a younger sister, Isola. After his initial years of schooling at home, in he entered Trinity College, Dublin, then went on to study the classics at Magdalen College, Oxford, England from It was here that he came under the influence of writer and critic Walter Pater and helped found the Aesthetic Movement, " art for art's sake ".

Wilde excelled in his studies, winning many prizes and awards including Oxford's Newdigate Prize for his poem "Ravenna" ;. After school Wilde settled in London and continued to write poetry; his first collection simply titled Poems was published in That same year he set off on a long tour of America and Canada to deliver lectures on aestheticism. He arrived back in Europe in and while not further lecturing lived in Paris, France. In Wilde married Constance Mary Lloyd with whom he would have two sons; Cyril , who was killed during World War I, and Vyvyan , who would become an author, penning his memoir Son of Oscar Wilde and publishing Oscar Wilde: A Pictorial Biography in It was the beginning of a tumultuous relationship that would cause many problems for Oscar and eventually lead to his downfall.

Alfred had a tempestuous relationship with his father which did not help matters. He disapproved of his son's lifestyle and when he learned of his openly living with Wilde, he set out to defame Wilde.

James's Theatre in London the Marquess planned to publicly expose and humiliate Wilde. Oscar took legal steps to protect himself against the 'brute' but he ultimately won a case whereby Wilde was charged with "gross indecency" for homosexual acts. The outcome of the sensational trial was a sentence of two years hard labour which Wilde served most of at the Reading Gaol outside of London.

After Wilde was imprisoned Constance had her and her sons' last names changed to Holland. After his release from prison in May of , Wilde wrote "Ballad of Reading Gaol" about the injustice of the death penalty and the hanging of Charles Thomas Wooldridge;. Adopting the name Sebastian Melmoth, Wilde went to Paris, penniless, and is said to have reunited with his friend and lover of many years, Canadian journalist Robert Baldwin "Robbie" Ross , who was also executor of Wilde's estate.

Oscar Wilde died of meningitis on 30 November Biography written by C. Merriman for Jalic Inc. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless. Please vote and share your ideas.

Wilde takes side with 'archaeological' accuracy in plays thus emphasises the value of realism: This very contradiction is foiled in the last passage: There is much with which I entirely disagree. The essay simply represents an artistic standpoint, and in aesthetic criticism attitude is everything. For in art there is no such thing as a universal truth. A Truth in art is that whose contrad I want to put a Oscar Wilde qoute on my wall. I have only found it in Swedish.

Does anyone know the real qoute in English? When I translated the Swedish version on Google translate it came up with this: Making oneself through pleasure is finer than doing it through torture. I have decreed a day of appreciation for Ireland's foppish most witty and poetic son, Oscar Wilde.

Let's celebrate his works and discuss how much we love the big fop From Dorian Gray to De Profundis his pre-eminent talents we will certainly miss. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing.

If you're feeling stuck, want some tips for writing better, or just like pithy quotes from 19th-century writers, keep on reading. We've compiled a SlideShare presentation and tweetable takeaways below to keep you at the tippy top of your writing game. Books are well written, or badly written. It is the critical spirit that creates. How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them.

And yet what a subtle magic there was in them!

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Oscar Wilde. Biography of Oscar Wilde and a searchable collection of works. His writings such as Dorian Gray with homoerotic themes also brought much controversy for him but he was part of the ever-growing movement of 'decadents' who advocated pacifism, social reform, and libertarianism. While many vilified him, he was making his mark with.

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Oscar Wilde was born in in Dublin, Ireland to prominent intellectuals William Wilde and Lady Jane Francesca Wilde. Though they were not aristocrats, the Wildes were well-off and provided Oscar with a fine education. Oscar was especially influenced by his mother, a brilliantly witty raconteur. Get inspired by the most famous quotes from Oscar Wilde on creativity and writing.