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Oscar Wilde's apprenticeship as an aesthete

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An unexpected event took place in the life of Oscar Wilde as soon as he finished his graduation from Oxford & went home.

On arriving home he met his childhood sweetheart, someone with whom he had spent one of the best times of his life with. Unfortunately, till than his love, Florence Balcombe, had married someone else.

Though upset about it, Wilde wrote to her about the happy & joyful years that they had spent together. He mentioned that those years were the sweetest years of his life & the moments spent with her the closest to his heart.

After his graduation Wilde was unsure of his future step. He decided to apply for the Classics position at Oxbridge but in vain. He also tried to compete for fellowship at Trinity, but again of no use as he did not take it seriously. His mothe r wanted him to stand for Parliament, but Wilde was uninterested.

To earn a fortune he competed for Chancellor’s Essay Prize in 1879. For the same he submitted a paper on The Rise Of Historical Criticism but did not get a prize. Finally, with nothing much to do, he sold his father’s house & started living as a bachelor in London.

Wilde wrote his first play at the age of 26 & circulated it among his acquaintances.

The play was liked by all & Wilde started gaining popularity. Wilde had frequently written poems for the Dublin University & Kottabos earlier. After writing his first play, he decided to publish those poems by combining them as a volume titled ‘Poems’. The volume gained wide spread acceptance & was sent for a reprint to the first edition.

Wilde also published some specilalised versions of the same to be given to various dignitaries & writers. Even the librarian of the Oxford Union asked for a copy.

But soon after the volume became the victim of allegations regarding plagiarism & was banished. This incident demoralized Wilde to a great extent.

The next years of Wilde’s life were devoted to giving lectures in places like London, Paris & the United States & sharing the room in which he lived with others. This was how the apprenticeship of an aesthete like Oscar Wilde took place.

By FW Editor

Tags: oxford, writer, london

Category: Others  - ( Others Archive)

Date Added: 12 April '10

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