Oscar Wilde


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
October 16, 1854

Died
November 30, 1900

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.

As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of "gross indecency" with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.

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Polls

March 2018 Short Story Poll

 
  69 votes, 19.2%

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, 25 pages, 1818
 
  38 votes, 10.6%

White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 82 pages, 1848
 
  35 votes, 9.7%

 
  35 votes, 9.7%

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 101 pages, 1952
 
  34 votes, 9.5%

 
  26 votes, 7.2%

 
  24 votes, 6.7%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, 32 pages, 1894
 
  17 votes, 4.7%

Xingu by Edith Wharton, 48 pages, 1916
 
  15 votes, 4.2%

 
  13 votes, 3.6%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages, 1902
 
  12 votes, 3.3%

 
  11 votes, 3.1%

 
  10 votes, 2.8%

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