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This paper is a long essay on the life, times & career of Oscar Wilde. Some major works are touched on, including 'Salome', 'The Importance of Being Earnest', and 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism'. However, this paper is primarily looking at the external life, background, influences, and career of Oscar Wilde, rather than his writing. Major influences on his philosophy and career are mentioned including Ruskin, Mahaffy, his parents, family and lovers. There is brief mention and discussion of his "outing" and subsequent trials.
From the Paper:"Oscar Wilde Irish playwright, author, and poet Oscar Wilde was a radical in many ways. His flamboyant lifestyle, open homosexuality, outrageous disregard for cultural norms, as well has his socialist and anarchist ways of thinking were more than a century ahead of his time. His ideas and styles are more common today than one hundred years ago, but are still outside of the mainstream and are considered quite "alternative" and radical. Wilde's radical nature was expressed throughout his writing, his lifestyle and his philosophy. George Bernard Shaw said of Wilde, "He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audience, with the whole theatre" (Holland 96 1988). In this paper one will see how this clever, irreverent, playfulness was extended into the rest of his life, career, and philosophy. The details of Wilde's short life are fairly well known. Oscar O'Flahertie Fingal Wills Wilde was born October 16, 1854 in Dublin... "
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