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Birth of Oscar Wilde

1854

He was born in Dublin

Attends Portora Royal School, Enniskillen

1864 - 1871

Attends Trinity College, Dublin

1871 - 1874

Attends Magdalen College, Oxford

1874 - 1879

Wins Newdigate Prize for Ravenna (poem)

1878

Publishes his first collection of poetry – Poems

1881

Lectures in the United States and Canada. Writes his first play -

1882

was not a success Vera, or the Nihilists

Lectures in Britain and Ireland.

1883

. Writes his second unsuccessful play, The Duchess of Padua

Marries Constance Lloyd

1884

His son, Cyril, is born

1885

His son, Vyvyan, is born

1886

Edits Woman's World magazine

1887 - 1889

Publishes The Happy Prince and Other Tales

1888

Publishes several essays

1889 - 1890

Publishes two collections of short stories

1891

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and other Stories, and A House of Pomegranates. Publishes The Picture of Dorian Gray, his first and only novel. Begins his friendship with Lord Alfred Douglas – Bosie.

Writes two plays: Lady Windermere's Fan (great success) and Salome

1892

Writes A Woman of No Importance

1893

Writes The Importance of Being Earnest

1894

Writes An ldeal Husband.

1895

At the height of his theatrical success, he sues Bosie's father for libel, which leads to his own arrest for homosexual offenses. He is found guilty for the crime of sodomy and sentenced to two years of hard labor.

While in prison, he writes De Profundis

1897

Writes his best known poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

1898

His wife, Constance, dies.

Dies of cerebral meningitis in Paris

1900