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Oscar Wilde
photographed in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896)

Wilde

 (wīld), Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills 1854-1900.
Irish writer. Renowned as a wit in London literary circles, he achieved recognition with The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), a novel. He also wrote plays of lively dialogue, such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), and poetry, including "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" (1898).
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Wilde

(waɪld)
n
(Biography) Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills). 1854–1900, Irish writer and wit, famous for such plays as Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) and The Importance of being Earnest (1895). The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) is a macabre novel about a hedonist and The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) relates to his experiences in prison while serving a two-year sentence for homosexuality
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Wilde

(waɪld)

n.
Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills), 1854–1900, Irish writer.
Wild•e•an (ˈwaɪl di ən) adj.
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References in classic literature ?
Seest thou yon dreary Plain, forlorn and wilde, The seat of desolation, voyd of light, Save what the glimmering of these livid flames Casts pale and dreadful?
"He knew Pater and Oscar Wilde, and he knows Mallarme and all those fellows."
* Oscar Wilde, one of the lords of language of the nineteenth century of the Christian Era.
We buried them with Oscar Wilde. Run along, my dear child.
"Wasn't it Wilde who discovered the fact that nature makes no allowance for hip-bones?" enquired Hughling Elliot.
Olivia Wilde, 33, is known for her work as an actress, but these days she is trying on multiple roles.
Edward Petherbridge's forward begins with a quote from a Wilde letter to Robert Rosswhich that sets the tone for the clarity of expression voiced throughout the text.
"Beyond being classic, Wilde is important because he foresaw the insufficiency of knowledge and logic in a world of extremes," explains co-organiser Vaggelis Gettos, who is himself an avid fan of Wilde and his works.
Directed and dramatised by the award-winning Gareth Armstrong, performed by Gerard Logan, Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatic interpretation of 'De Profundis',' the letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, from his cell in Reading jail.
Wilde had met Alfred Douglas, known by his sobriquet "Bosie," and though the former was married and the latter was 16 years his junior, the two began a love affair filled with petulant eruptions on Douglas's part.
Victorian London's brattiest wit, Wilde once remarked, of Dickens' "The Old Curiosity Shop," that "one must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing." It would be stone-hearted to laugh at "The Happy Prince," but its level of sentimentality is nearly Dickensian.
Frankel's thesis is that the longstanding insistence upon Wilde's "decline and martyrdom distort[s] the truth" of his actual resilience (297).