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The Rise and Ruin of Oscar Wilde

Our movie for this month, Wilde (Gilbert, 1997), presents, in historical context, important elements in the life of brilliant playwright and poet, Oscar Wilde. Wilde’s story is tragic and reveals the extreme bias and intolerance that existed toward gays in the Victorian era. Unfortunately, in our very modern age of information and greater understanding, this bias endures for some.

I recently attended a memorial service for a lifelong friend. One of the speakers stated in a remembrance that a person dies three times; he dies physically, he dies again when he is memorialized then buried, and he dies a third death when nobody on Earth remembers him or mentions his name again.

With the passing of decades, appreciation for Wilde’s works has not faded. Nor has interest waned in the man who took eloquent self-expression to a level only reachable by the brilliant.

Who was Oscar Wilde?

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

It has been well over a century since Oscar Wilde’s death, yet his name keeps popping up in enough cultural references to the point that it seems every educated person today knows this renowned playwright by name and famous works Continue reading The Rise and Ruin of Oscar Wilde