Wilde Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills
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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