The Wit Of Oscar Wilde
written by Oscar Wilde
illustrated by Ian Beck
The Folio Society | ISBN 88WT2FOLIO
Hardback – 240 pages
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Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in 1854 in Dublin, and was educated in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, then at Trinity College, Dublin and later went on to Magdalen College, Oxford. He was an outstanding student, winning a prize for his poetry and graduating from Oxford with a double first. In 1884 Wilde wed Constance Lloyd and the couple had two children, Cyril and Vyvyan. Sadly, the story of his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas (‘Bosie’) and his eventual imprisonment and sentence of two years hard labour for ‘gross indecency’ is now at least as well-known as his remarkable creative output. The harsh prison regime proved Wilde’s downfall and he succumbed to cerebral meningitis on 30 November 1900. Even in ruin, however, Wilde’s remarkable wit shone through. He was heard to say just a month before he died, ‘My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.’ Art for art’s sake – to the end.