Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and dramatist whose reputation rests on his brilliantly witty comic masterpieces, "Lady Windermere's Fan" (1892) and "The Importance of Being Earnest " (1895). He was a spokesman for the late nineteenth-century Aesthetic movement in England, which advocated art for art's sake. In 1891 Wilde became intimate with Lord Alfred Douglas and the Marquis of Queensberry, Douglas father, accused Wilde of homosexual practices. Wilde was then charged under the Criminal Law Amendment, found guilty, and sentenced to prison for two years. Released in 1897, he was plagued by ill health and bankruptcy until his death.
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