( 1854–1900), Irish dramatist, novelist, poet, and wit; full name Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. His advocacy of ‘art for art’s sake’ is evident in his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). As a dramatist he achieved success with the comedies Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Wilde was imprisoned (1895-7) for homosexual offences and died in exile.
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- What we get instead is the darkest of comedies, overlaid with some perfect Wildean ennui, decadent malaise and moral putrefaction.
- One might also carp that Wildean aphorisms sit more comfortably on stage than on the big screen.
- Fresh of face and louche of manner, they are equal parts Dickensian urchins and Wildean dandies.
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