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Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

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ISBN-10: 0004105419

ISBN-13: 9780004105413

Edition: 1966

Authors: Oscar Wilde

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Copyright year: 1966
Publisher: Zondervan
Binding: Box or Slipcased 
Pages: 1216
Language: English

Flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. He was born to a middle-class Irish family (his father was a surgeon) and was trained as a scholarship boy at Trinity College, Dublin. He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work. By 1879 he was already known as a wit and a dandy; soon after, in fact, he was satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. Largely on the strength of his public persona, Wilde undertook a lecture tour to the United States in 1882, where he saw his play Vera…