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Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. He then lived in London and married Constance Lloyd in 1884. Wilde was a leader of the Aesthetic Movement. He became famous because of the immense success of his plays such as Lady Windemere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890 but was revised in 1891 after moralistic negative reviews.

After a public scandal involving Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, he was sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol for 'gross indecency'. His poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol was published anonymously in 1898. Wilde never lived in England again and died at the age of forty-six in Paris on 30 November 1900. He is buried in Père Lachaise cemetery where admirers often leave the lipstick marks of kisses on his tomb.

Books by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray: Popular Penguins
Only Dull People Are Brilliant At Breakfast
Picture Of Dorian Gray
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
The Best of Oscar Wilde: Selected Plays and Writings
De Profundis And Other Prison Writings
The Happy Prince and Other Stories: Popular Penguins
The Decay Of Lying
The Canterville Ghost, The Happy Prince And Other Stories
The Ballad Of Reading Gaol And Other Poems
The Happy Prince & Other Stories
Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Mod Lib The Importance Of Being Earnest
Complete Short Fiction
The Soul Of Man Under Socialism And Selected Critical Prose
Mod Lib De Profundis
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Mod Lib The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Nothing...Except My Genius
The Happy Prince And Other Tales
Plays, Prose Writings And Poems
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Selfish Giant