Posted by: danielfee | June 23, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 06-23-2012

Oscar Wilde Statue – Dublin, Ireland

This statue of Oscar Wilde is found in Merrion Square, which is one of Dublin’s largest and grandest Georgian squares. The square is lined with Georgian style townhouses and is where Wilde spent his childhood at No. 1. He was one of Ireland’s most famous poets and playwrites of the 19th century. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he migrated to England and became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death at the age of 46. In 1890 he wrote his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. He then embarked on his theatrical career and began to write dramas. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a license. Wilde moved on to produce four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. At the height of his fame and success in 1895, while his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest was being performed on stage in London, Wilde had the Marquess of Queensberry prosecuted for libel. The Marquess of Queensberry was the father of Lord Alfred Douglas, an intimate friend of Wilde. However during the court proceedings, Wilde’s homosexual double life was revealed to the Victorian public. Wilde was then arrested for “gross indecency” and he was eventually sentenced to prison for two years hard labour. Upon his release he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris from cerebral meningitis on November 30, 1900.

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