On February 14, 1895, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest opens in London. Wilde was one of the most iconic figures from late Victorian society. Enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of society, his wit, humor and intelligence shine through his plays and writings. For his sexuality he suffered the indignity and shame of imprisonment. For a long time his name was synonymous with scandal and intrigue. However with changing social attitudes he is remembered with great affection for his biting social criticism, wit and linguistic skills. Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He died on November 30, 1900 in Paris, France.
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