Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

Today would have been Oscar Wilde’s 157th birthday!

Oscar Wilde is my absolute favorite writer (and historical figure) of all time. We still have much to learn today from both his writings and his tumultuous life. If you have never read anything by him, then I suggest you start here, continue here, and end here.

Me and my best friend by Wilde's grave in the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris. Look at all of the lipstick kisses on the stone!

Wilde is simultaneously hiliarious, harsh, and heartbreaking in his writing. In all my time spent reading classic literature (and that’s a lot of time) I have never come across any writer who has a voice like Oscar Wilde. Admittedly, some people hate his style, but I adore it. His unapologetically educated, and satirical works are, in my opinion, the best of the best.

(Plus, who doesn’t like a man who isn’t afraid to wear a cape?)

“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.” – Oscar Wilde

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