7 little-known facts about Oscar Wilde, an Irish literary legend
He wrote beautiful prose, satirical plays and broke a lot of social taboos. Here are 7 interesting facts about Oscar Wilde and his remarkable life.
#1 He had three middle names
The famous author was born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde.
#2 Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, the renowned author of "Dracula", were involved in a love triangle
Wilde met beautiful Florence Balcombe in Dublin in 1875. He fell in love with this young woman, painted her portraits and composed verse for her. They had dated seriously for the next two years, and, as some historians believe, Oscar was even going to marry. Anyway, things had petered out by 1877. Wilde wasn't in a financial place to lead his beloved to the altar, and by 1878 she was... engaged to another man. The saddest thing is that Bram Stoker was Wilde's family's old friend. Bram wed Florence several months later, and Oscar wasn't happy about that. He wrote a letter to his ex, saying he would leave Ireland and never come back. And he did it, only coming back for brief visits sometimes.
#3 He had a gift for languages, but didn't speak a single word of Irish
Besides being a master storyteller, Wilde also learnt foreign languages in record time. He spoke excellent German and French, studied Greek for many years and had a working knowledge of Italian. Anyway, the famous Irish author never spoke Irish.
#4 "The picture of Dorian Gray" was his only novel
Wilde wrote a lot of essays, numerous short stories for children and nine plays but published only one novel.
#5 His parents and wife were also writers
Wilde's wife, Constance Lloyd, was an accomplished children’s book writer. His mother was a poet, and his father also wrote books but was best known as a talented eye and ear surgeon.
#7 He was imprisoned for being homosexual
Oscar Wilde had many homosexual relationships. At the age of 45, Wilde was tried for sodomy. He was sent to prison, where he contracted meningitis, which later led to his death. Oscar died in 1900, at the age of 46.
#6 He was a talented lecturer
During his lecture tour of North America, Wilde met a lot of influential literary figures (such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Walt Whitman and Henry Longfellow) and held talks on Aestheticism.
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