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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.



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Julie Potthoff
Julie Potthoff
That's awful that he felt a need to repent for fear of going to hell. Its sad that he couldn't be whatever and whoever he wanted without all the labels.
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Nov 2, 2016 9:12PM
Bonnie Duryee
I am a great fan of Oscar Wilde's plays. I especially love "The Importance of Being Ernest" and "Lady Windermere's Fan"
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Nov 2, 2016 8:36PM
William Laughlin
Kevin Krayeski Loving someone does not imply sexual attraction. You certainly don't know much about what it was like to be homosexual in his day. Because homosexuality was illegal, many men remained in the closet and lived lives that would preserve a facade of heterosexuality. Living the pretense did not make these men any less homosexual. The idea of his homosexuality being a sin and his repentance of said "sin" is nonsense and did not change the truth of what he was. One cannot pray one's sexuality away and wishing doesn't make it so.
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Nov 3, 2016 7:43AM
William Laughlin
Kevin Krayeski Wow, seriously? Propaganda? Try calling it what it is, the truth. Your dismissive attitude tells me you are not capable of growth or analytical and open-minded thinking. Your so-called Christian judgment tells me you are just a Bible thumper who has no idea what it means to be truly Christian. You wear your holier-than-thou, false piety like a chip on your shoulder, wield it like a weapon, but forget what it means to act Christlike. As Gandhi once said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." In fact, it wasn't until approximately the 12th century when the Church decided homosexuality was wrong, so the decision to call it a sin is arbitrary and hadn't always been seen as such. So much for dogma, judging others, and being like Christ, who NEVER said anything about homosexuality, never mind about condemning it as a "sin". Psychologists agree that homosexuality is normal in a certain percentage of the population and the American Psychological Association no longer considers homosexuality a disease or perversion. Whether you want to consider Wilde a bisexual, heterosexual, or a homosexual is merely labeling. Why get caught up in classifying people? Does everyone have to fit into a neat little pigeon hole so you can judge whether or not they are acceptable to you? It seems to me that you are far more comfortable with labeling him bisexual, rather than homosexual. Why is that? The fact is, although he never divorced, his marriage disintegrated after about two years and the birth of his second child. It's uncertain when his wife learned of his many homosexual affairs, but she certainly knew of them when his two trials came up. There are no references to any other heterosexual relationships after he moved out of his family's home. After the second trial, he was imprisoned for a long standing intimate relationship he had with the son of a friend of his. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... but what of it? What is important is not that he repented and reconciled with his God. The eternal penalty you describe is part of a religious mind-set to which I do not subscribe. What is important is that we as a society learn not to judge those who are different and to be accepting of them as Christ would have done or does that concept upset your tidy, categorized, narrow construct of the world?
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Nov 4, 2016 1:30AM
Caroline Neumann
An unfair end. I just wish somehow God himself would show up and scold all the bigots!
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Nov 2, 2016 11:44PM
Whitney Brown
By your very picture of Hillary and a noose, you are showing how really un-Christian you are, Kevin. That is throughly shameful and if that is how you choose to express yourself you are no better than that false prophet (profit) Trump. So very sad indeed.
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Nov 4, 2016 10:03PM
Lydia Coutts
Kevin Krayeski What horrible words you spout. You consider yourself Christian yet disregard Christ's most fundamental tenets - love your neighbour as yourself; love your enemies; help those society ostracises; turn the other cheek; reserve the judgment of men for God and God alone. Christ taught above all else that we must love and accept all others, yet his message is cynically twisted and manipulated to suit the agendas of those, like you, who claim his name. I was raised a Roman Catholic and I'm embarrassed by your comments. On Judgment Day your soul will be found wanting.
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Nov 10, 2016 12:03AM
Kevin Krayeski
Kevin Krayeski
He obviously wasn't a 'homosexual' as he had loved several women and eventually married one. More accurately, he was bisexual, but repented of his sexual sins and converted to the Holy Catholic Church on his deathbed.
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Nov 2, 2016 8:46PM
Nina Kamwene
Nina Kamwene
Thank you that was informational.
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Nov 2, 2016 9:47PM
Spencer Young
He met Flo in 1875 and their relationship petered out in 1977? Too bad they couldn't stick it out a tad longer. LOL Oops
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Nov 3, 2016 2:39AM
deborahpmercer
To this day "Dorian Gray" is one of the most genuinely creepy books ever written.
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Sep 30, 2020 3:12AM
jack patti go
I knew nothing about him, till this article! Interesting!
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Sep 26, 2019 10:52PM
Ellen Duff
Love his plays particularly The Importance of being Earnest He was a true genius and we still hear many of his quotations 100 hundred years on
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Jul 16, 2019 5:19AM
James Webb
He was an Anglo Irish Protestant , along with Yeats, Stoker , Swift.
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Jul 4, 2019 11:53AM
Chriss Crockford
Interesting facts. Thank you.
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Jun 25, 2019 5:50PM
hector tubens
Interesting facts about Oscar Wilde 👍
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Feb 26, 2019 6:57PM
Darlene Davidson
Darlene Davidson, I noticed an earlier comment I made on July 28,2018.It was nice to see that the comment I made about Wilde still stands.
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Feb 17, 2019 4:57PM
Donna Munroe
I have been a fan of Oscar Wilde since 1953 when The Importance of Being Ernest was put on in colour at the movies. Love to get a 1953 DVD of the movie. Think it is possible?
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Jan 23, 2019 6:49PM
Joy Holbrook
I've been an Oscar Wilde fan for almost 60 years.
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Jan 17, 2019 2:49AM
Veronica Byrne
He was famous for saying. ' there are worse things than being' talked about 'such as.. 'not being talked about ' !
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Dec 18, 2018 2:55AM
dlh
dlh
Very interesting.
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Nov 13, 2018 5:26PM
Darlene Davidson
I enjoyed reading this. It's a great incentive to learn more about Wilde. My interest in him has grown with age. A man whose life was filled with comedy and ended with tragedy.
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Jul 28, 2018 8:43PM
Joan Smith
Caroline Neumann, He did show up & His name is Jesus & if you read His life in the scriptures, you can observe His response to bigots & others who treated people without respect. It is very interesting especially since He never wavered in His obedience to His Father God. He was pure in heart yet championed justice for all, in particular that character trait of His & our Father. Fascinating to truly study His character & contemplate human behavior in perfection.
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Jun 16, 2018 12:15AM
Ruth Andrews
Such a great wit and talented man.
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Apr 11, 2018 12:41PM
Ruth Andrews
A great writer
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Mar 30, 2018 12:28PM

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