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Wilde, Oscar
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(Oct 16, 1854, Dublin – Nov 30, 1900, Paris), Irish playwright, novelist, and poet. Wilde, the son of a doctor, studied in Dublin and Oxford. He declared himself a disciple of Walter Pater, adhering to the credo of “art for art’s sake” and becoming part of the “aesthetic movement.” Like J. Ruskin, he considered the healing power of art to increase with the advance of high capitalism. After his first volume of poetry (1878) and a reading tour through America (1882), The Happy Prince and Other Tales appeared in 1888, written for his two sons by a marriage contracted …

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Meller, Horst, “Wilde, Oscar”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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