Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin and is remembered for a diverse literary output that included his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; stories for children; poetry; plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest; and a wide-ranging selection of essays and other prose works. Despite being highly celebrated in literary and social circles, he was tried for gross indecency and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. He died in penury in Paris.