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Creator: Oscar Wilde
"All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life."
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright of the Victorian Era; he lived in Victorian London. A huge celebrity of his day, known for his wit and social commentary. He habitually made perverse and snarky quips, and often immortalized them in his work. His most celebrated play, The Importance of Being Earnest, is still often performed today. He also wrote poetry, most famously The Ballad of Reading Gaol, one novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray) and several beautiful tales, including The Happy Prince. He once wrote a break-up letter that became world-famous (De Profundis).

His fun was interrupted when he sued for libel over being called homosexual. He was indeed homosexual (or maybe bisexual) as a significant number of young men testified at his trial. British law would still have found for him if that had been considered irrelevant.note  Instead, he lost, and since homosexuality was illegal... yeah. Real Life Downer Ending, there.

Famous for producing an enormous body of quotable wit — enormous enough that of the hundreds of quotes attributed to him, as many as half may resemble things he actually said. This tendency to gather misattributions is the root of his status as Uncyclopedia's Memetic Badass / Memetic Molester / Memetic Sex God in chief.

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Office SpaceNotable QuotablesThe Princess Bride
Robert Louis StevensonGothic HorrorArthur Conan Doyle
August StrindbergTheaterLes Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo
Thomas JeffersonAuthors Of QuoteDorothy Parker
William ShakespearePrint Long-RunnersJane Austen
H. G. WellsHistorical-Domain CharacterVirginia Woolf
H. G. WellsAuthorsWilliam Wordsworth

alternative title(s): Oscar Wilde
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