October 16, 1854

One of Ireland’s most famous playwrights and novelists, Oscar Wilde was born on this day in Dublin in 1854. Wilde was born to a wealthy family. His father was an eminent Dublin surgeon and his mother was a talented poet, where Wilde likely inherited his passion for writing from. He attended Trinity College Dublin and then went on to study at Magdalen College Oxford. His works, like the play “The Importance of Being Earnest” and novel “The Picture of Dorian Grey” are riddled with wit and aestheticism.

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