Oscar Wilde

1854 - 1900

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Oscar Fingal O'Fflahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of the most popular playwrights in London in the early 1890s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oscar Wilde has received more than 19,327,411 page views. His biography is available in 126 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 123 in 2019). Oscar Wilde is the 58th most popular writer (down from 35th in 2019), the most popular biography from Ireland and the most popular Irish Writer.

Oscar Wilde is most famous for his witty and satirical comments on society and culture. He is also famous for being the author of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Importance of Being Earnest."

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Notable Works

The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest shows a full measure of Oscar Wilde's legendary wit, and embodies more than any of his other plays, his decency and warmth. This edition contains substantial excerpts from the original four-act version which was never produed, as well as the full test of the final three-act version, selections from Wilde's correspondence, and commentary by George Bernard Shaw, Max Beerbohm, St. John Hankin, and James Agate.
De profundis
English prose literature
The plays of Oscar Wilde


Among writers, Oscar Wilde ranks 58 out of 7,302Before him are Sappho, Thomas Mann, Mark Twain, Gabriel García Márquez, George Orwell, and Astrid Lindgren. After him are Stefan Zweig, Marcel Proust, Giacomo Casanova, Ayn Rand, Rabindranath Tagore, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Among people born in 1854, Oscar Wilde ranks 1After him are Arthur Rimbaud, Pope Benedict XV, Henri Poincaré, Leoš Janáček, Emil von Behring, Paul Ehrlich, Karl Kautsky, Henri La Fontaine, James George Frazer, Paul Sabatier, and Milan I of Serbia. Among people deceased in 1900, Oscar Wilde ranks 2Before him is Friedrich Nietzsche. After him are Gottlieb Daimler, Max Müller, Wilhelm Steinitz, Umberto I of Italy, Ivan Aivazovsky, Robert Luther, John Ruskin, Vladimir Solovyov, Étienne Lenoir, and Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Oscar Wilde ranks 1 out of 549After him are Jonathan Swift (1667), James Joyce (1882), Robert Boyle (1627), George Bernard Shaw (1856), George Berkeley (1685), Samuel Beckett (1906), Michael Gambon (1940), Francis Bacon (1909), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), Bram Stoker (1847), and Edmund Burke (1729).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Oscar Wilde ranks 1After him are Jonathan Swift (1667), James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), Samuel Beckett (1906), Bram Stoker (1847), W. B. Yeats (1865), Laurence Sterne (1713), Iris Murdoch (1919), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), and Saint Gall (550).