Oscar Wilde's "Double Life"

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"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about," wrote Oscar Wilde, born October 16, 1864 in Dublin. While in college, Wilde began to follow the Aesthetic and Decadent movements. He had long hair, and decorated his rooms with peacock feathers, lilies, sunflowers and blue china. Learn more about his intriguing and complex personal life.


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Oscar Wilde - Leading a Double Life

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In 1895, Wilde sued a prominent member of society for criminal libel. 00:35

  2. Wilde was unable to be open and forthright about his sexuality and romantic relationships. 01:21

  3. Under a criminal amendment, Wilde was arrested in 1895 for gross indecency. 02:04