Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was born on this day in 1854, a groundbreaking writer during the the late 19th-century Aesthetic movement in England. Known for his unparalleled wit, Wilde earned a reputation not only as a talented writer, but as one of England’s most flamboyant aristocrats during the 1890s. Though Wilde only published three works during his lifetime — the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and the two comedy plays Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) — Wilde’s impact on English literature is still influencing Enthusiasts more than a century after his tragic passing in 1900 at the the young age of 46.
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” —