Wilde (wild), Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills1854–1900.
Irish writer. Renowned as a wit in London literary circles, he achieved recognition with The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), a novel. He also wrote plays of lively dialogue, such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), and poetry, including "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" (1898).
(click for a larger image)Oscar Wilde
photographed in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896)
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