Today we celebrate the birth of Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, born in Dublin, Ireland, 16th October 1854. Wilde was an Irish writer, poet & a popular playwright who brought us such classics as: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman Of No Importance, and many more. He also left such great quotes as:
Oscar lived a flamboyant life, despite being married, and a father of two children. He is probably most known for the turbulent period in his life that saw him imprisoned in Reading jail for charges of sodomy & gross indenceny. On 25th May 1895, he was sentenced to two years hard labour. It was during this time in prison that Oscar's health deteriorated and on his release in 1897, he was to exile himself in France, where he was to write his last piece, The Ballad of Reading Gaol.