Oscar Wilde, a great Irish poet and playwright during the Victorian age, can be considered as an important element of the culture of the English speaking world, since his masterpieces are read over the whole world. His sometimes abnormal attitude and the controversy in his writings appalled many people at his time. Hence his works reflect today the conservative atmosphere of this period.
Oscar Wilde was born on October 16th 1854 in Dublin into an Anglo-Irish family to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane Francesca Elgee, who became famous under the name of Speranza with her revolutionary poets. His birth was a deception for his mother, who desired a little girl and dressed him, as a result, until his 5th birth with skirts. Until the age of nine, Oscar was educated at home and went to At the age of ten, Oscar falls desperately in love with his younger sister, Isola. His parents sent him immediately to a boarding school, the Portora Royal School at Enniskillen where he earned his first literary and drawing prices. In 1871, Oscar attended Trinity college in Dublin. He studied classics and became an outstanding student. In 1874, he won the college's Berkeley Gold Medal for Greek, the highest award available to classic students and was accepted to Magdalen College in Oxford.
In 1881 Wilde moved to London en began to write his first collection of poetry. He received dissimilar critics which helped to build the first step of a famous career. In December, he travelled to New York where he held a big number of lectures and met several famous personages, like Walt Withman, who influenced his further career. After America, he wrote his first tragedy in Paris.
In 1886, Oscar married Constance Lloyd with whom he had 2 sons. The next sex years became the most creative and successful years of his career. The Picture of Dorian Gray, his first and only novel was published in 1890. It lead to a vague of protest, because of the homoerotic...