Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversation, Wilde was one of the best-known literary personalities of his day. One of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s, he is remembered best for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Having spent two years in prison, Wilde died destitute in Paris at the age of 46.