Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), an Irishman, was a 19th century journalist, poet, author and playwright known for his masterpiece play, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), and hallmark novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). During his life, Wilde was well known among the who’s who of London society, thanks in part to his spirited nature, flamboyant fashion sense and ability to carry on witty conversation. Of course, history has proven him to be one of the 19th century’s truly great artists, no doubt a factor that added to his renown at the time.
Wilde was an advocate for the emphasis of aesthetic themes in art, rather than the socio-political leanings that many artistic works were characterized by back in his day. And although he died poor, sick and in exile from Ireland and England, his wit and words have immortalized him, having inspired countless individuals to celebrate the beauty of life and art. Today we celebrate what would have been his 158th birthday with a few of his most famous quotes.
Come pay Oscar Wilde a visit at Fully Booked; his work is sitting in our classics section.