Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, son of William and Jane Wilde, was born October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. Wilde was born into a well educated and literate family, as his father was an ear and eye surgeon who had written multiple books during his practice. His mother was also a writer; she wrote articles relating to Irish nationalism, the rights of women along with multiple poems, essays, and stories (Shuman).
Oscar excelled in school and received multiple recognitions in religious and classical studies while attending the Portora Royal School. This recognition continued into his time at Trinity College of Dublin where he received the Classical Demyship ...view middle of the document...
As a young child Wilde was influenced by his family history, which was filled with a high level of education and literature. This was essentially the backbone for Wilde's interest in writing. One of Wilde's greatest influences in his life was an ancient history teacher, John Mahaffy from Trinity College; he supported Wilde for the Oxford scholarship. Wilde also spent the summer of 1874 helping Mahaffy revise his Social Life in Greece from Homer to Menander while spending two summers traveling with him (Shuman). Walter Pater, a fellow at Brasenose College, and John Ruskin, Slade Professor of Art, both of whom promoted aestheticism were great influences of Wilde due to the fact that they all shared common interests; they believed that art high a higher moral relevance. Pater promoted Wilde's credo "art for art's sake" (Boilard). Once Wilde was released he spent the majority of his time with Canadian journalist Robert Baldwin "Robbie" Ross (1869-1918), who was also the executor of Wilde's estate. Ross was always by his side, even on his deathbed (Merriman).
Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray became a movie in 1945 and was again adopted into another film in 2009 called Dorian Gray. Since homosexuality was still illegal in England during the time of the books publishing there was much...