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Interior: Peacock Feather - In homage to Wilde's flamboyancy, he loved peacock feathers
Oscar Wilde Concisus Genus
Irish dramatist, poet, novelist and critic, Oscar Wilde, was born in Dublin in 1854. One of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London and one of the greatest celebrities of his day, he was known for his exceptional wit. His mother was a writer and his father Ireland’s leading ear and eye surgeon and a renowned philanthropist and folklorist. Wilde attended the Portora Royal School, studied classics at Trinity College, and was granted a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford. While at Magdalen, Wilde became known for his role in the aesthetic movement, whose basic principle was “art for art's sake”. After graduating, Wilde spent six years delivering lectures in London, Paris and the US. In London, he married the wealthy Constance Lloyd, with whom he had two sons. Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was published in 1891. His fame as a dramatist began with the production of Lady Windermere's Fan in 1892. It was immediately successful and was followed by a string of plays, including A Woman of No Importance, which cemented his reputation as the best writer of “comedy-of-manners”. A month later, his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest appeared at the St James's Theatre. It caused a sensation. Wilde's inclination towards younger men was relatively well-known, the first such relationship having probably been with Robert Ross, who became his faithful friend and literary executor. Wilde was arrested in 1895 in London and charged with "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons". He was convicted and sentenced to two years hard labour. Prison was unkind to Wilde's health and when he was released in 1897 he spent his final three years penniless in self-imposed exile. He lived his last days in the Hotel d'Alsace in Paris, and died in 1900.