In the narrow confines of a life crushed between literary celebrity and societal notoriety, Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) created some of the wittiest and most acute commentary on British society and manners ever written. With lacerating wit and intelligence, Wilde carved out a body of work only slightly less famous than his tumultuous life. He was revered in aesthetic circles but reviled outside them for his effeminate nature.

At the moment of his greatest success with his comic play, The Importance of Being Earnest, he became the target of censure for his homosexuality. After a sensational trial, he was eventually sentenced to two years of hard labour. It was a tragic outcome for one of the greatest writers of the Victorian era and a blow from which he never recovered.

Oscar Wilde Quotes About Writing

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.”

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

The Importance of Being Earnest Original Manuscript

Pictured on the cover of Paperblanks’ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest cover is a page from Wilde’s final play The Importance of Being Earnest. The play is considered to be Wilde’s masterpiece.

This design is available on journals in two formats: Ultra and Mini.

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