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Early life of Oscar Wilde

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Born in a family of philanthropists, Oscar Wilde along with his elder brother Willie Wilde were read the ‘Young Irelanders’s poetries right from their childhood by their mother for building a love for them among their sons. Oscar Wilde was born at 21 Westland Row, Dublin.

He was the second of the three children born to his parents Sir William Wilde and Jane Francesca Wilde. His mother wrote poetry for fo the revolutionary Young Irelanders and was an Irish Nationalist and his father was Ireland’s leading ear and eye (oto-ophthalmologic) surgeon. Moreover he was also given the greatest honor of knighthood for his devotion and commitment towards his work in the field of medicines.

Well, his family life was not very happy for various reasons, one of them being that his father Sir Willi am Wilde has extra-marital affairs which not only created other three children: Henry Wilson, Emily and Mary Wilde in 1838, 1847 and 1849 respectively but also led to lot of tension and negativity among other members of the family.

The Wilde family then changed their house to No. 1 Merrion Square, and soon in the following year was born a sister to Oscar, Isola. They were then by their success and status became famous as the ‘unique combination of medicine and culture’.

But tragedy again struck the family when Isola died of meningitis in 1864. Oscar Wilde who was very much attached to her dear sister wrote a poem dedicated to her memory:

"Tread lightly, she is near
Under the snow
Speak gently, she can hear the daisies grow"

While this was not enough the family again had to face mysterious deaths of their Emily and Mary, which according to the locals was an accident in which the dress of one caught fire and when the other sister was trying to roll her into the snow the fire went out of control and both of them died.

It was then Sir William who died in 1876 followed by the sudden death of his son Henry Wilson in the year 1872. Such series of deaths made Oscar Wilde more mature and shaped his future.

By FW Editor

Tags: writer, dublin, 1900

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 12 April '10

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