A celebration of the virtuoso of well-turned phrases and the master of the studied insult with this collection of his most acerbic quips.
Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854.
He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College,
Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In
1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885
His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.
"An elegant collection of Wilde's finest witticisms . . . features
hundreds of acerbic and razor-sharp quotations from the iconic
writer, gathered according to themes." --Irish Times
"Marvel at Wilde's finest witticisms, aphorisms, paradoxes and ironic remarks in this accessible and elegantly organized collection." --Mature TImes