Wilde, Oscar

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Name
Wilde, Oscar Gender: M
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde
born on 16 October 1854 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Dublin, Ireland, 53n20, 6w15
Timezone LMT m6w15 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 22°27' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 15°03 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 15°47'



Oscar Wilde

Biography

Irish-British writer, poet and dramatist who had a great wit and was, at the peak of his career, accused of a homosexual affair. He brought suit for libel against his accuser in 1895, but lost; Wilde spent two years in prison for his "crime." His father went through a similar ordeal in Dublin in 1864 when he also went on trial for libel. His wife, Constance Lloyd, and two sons, Cyril and Vyvyan, moved to Ireland to escape the scandal and Wilde spent the last years of his life as a broken man. He moved to Paris where he lived under an assumed name.

Wilde's true genius emerged through his talk and journalism, after leaving Oxford, in 1878. Journalism was always Wilde's first love, so strong that he spent two years editing a women's magazine called "The Lady's World." Wilde, after taking over the magazine, renamed it "The Woman's World," and helped to create the everlasting women's magazine formula of campy frivolity and feminist earnestness. With such a lofty position at this stage in life, it was inevitable that Wilde would eventually have to make his way into society, which he did through radiant humor and top-this wit. In December 1881, without even a lecture written, Wilde set out on an American lecture tour that brought nothing but success to him; his combination of wit and easy material made it very easy for Wilde. Following his American success, Wilde made a lengthy stay in Paris, which, unfortunately, did not bring him as much success as in America. He soon discovered that wit and easy material do not go nearly as far to impress Parisians already so culturally in the know. In 1883, he returned to England. One of his earliest works, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" revolved around this coming-home time period in Wilde's life. Comedy and wit became part of his life, once again, through four well written comedies beginning in 1891: "Lady Windermere's Fan," "A Woman of No Importance," "An Ideal Husband" and, above all, "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Wilde married his wife, Constance Lloyd, in 1884. Their marriage appeared to be a perfect love match, that is, until after the couple had children. After childbearing, he revealed to Frank Harris that he was revolted by his wife's body, "When I married, my wife was a beautiful girl, white and slim as a lily....In a year or so all the flowerlike grace had vanished; she became heavy, shapeless, deformed." It may have been this less-than-ideal view of his wife that caused Wilde, by the end of 1887, to become involved in his first extended "same sex" romance with a man named Robbie Ross. Four years later, in 1891, he met Lord Alfred (Bosie) Douglas, a gorgeous homosexual son of the Marquis of Queensbury. It was at this time that they began their doomed affair, the affair that would eventually lead to Wilde spending two years of his life in jail.

On 10/29/1900, he was bankrupt and practically bedridden in a Paris hotel room, He had surgery several weeks before for an ear infection and for the first time since the surgery, summoned enough strength to walk to a cafe for a glass of absinthe. He remarked that "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go." The next day he complained of severe pain in his ear. An abscess developed which led to acute meningitis, related some say, to syphilis. He suffered for weeks, getting little relief from opium, morphine and champagne. During his final semiconscious moments, his companions saw that he was received into the Catholic Church.

He died of encephalitis on 11/30/1900, Paris, France, at 01:50 a.m. (biography via Pearson) (annotation:mik)

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Work : Great Achievement 9 June 1873 in Dublin (Elected to University Scholarship)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 17 October 1874 in Oxford (Begins studies at Oxford University)
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  • Social : End a program of study 1878 (Left Oxford)
  • Social : Begin Travel December 1881 (Lecture tour of America)
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  • Social : Return Home 1883 (After lecture tour and Paris)
  • Relationship : Marriage 29 May 1884 (Constance Lloyd)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1887 (Same-sex romance)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 20 June 1890 ("The Picture of Dorian Gray' published)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1891 (Lord Alfred Douglas, lover)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 14 February 1895 in London ("The Importance of Being Earnest" stage debut)
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  • Crime : Law suit 3 April 1895 in London (Brought libel suit, lost)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 26 April 1895 in London (Criminal trial for homosexuality begins)
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  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 19 May 1897 in Reading (Released from Reading Gaol)
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  • Death by Disease 30 November 1900 at 01:50 AM in Paris (Encephalitis, age 46)
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Source Notes

Fagan quotes baptismal certificate in American Astrology 9/1963.

Van Norstrand gave the same in AA, 8/1962, "probably from family bible." Robson rectified the time to 2:39 AM LMT. Sabian Symbols No.968 gave 10/15/1856, she same date as in Americana; however, biographers Arthur Ransome and T. Thurston give October 16, 1854. PC misquotes Sabian Symbols for 10/16/1854

Biography: Richard Ellmann, Hamish Hamilton, "Oscar Wilde," 1987.

Categories

  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level: clever, articulate)
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty (Great wit)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain (Encephalitis, fatal)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Bankruptcy
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Lawsuit instigated (Lost suit for libel)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Lived under an assumed name after prison)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book