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Oscar Wilde: Poetry and aesthetics

Take a closer look at the Irish playwright’s life and the fashionable, indulgent myth he built up around himself

Oscar: the early years

A homeland gutted by starvation and disease

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The British Library

Academics and aesthetics

Life, for Oscar Wilde, was about art over morals, beauty over practicality.

Poetry and American pursuits

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The British Library

From plays to prison

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NY Times

Hélas

A closer look at Wilde’s work: “Hélas”

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Oxford
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Listen to this story and hear a reading of “Hélas” on the tiff loves words podcast.

Author of Be Happy, B*tch. Tiff is a storyteller, a poet and a public servant. She loves summer in Oregon, her dog Roosevelt and the smell of old books.

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