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April 29, 2017

Oscar Wilde in New York: A Portrait Photo Collection Taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

Beginning in 1888, Wilde entered a seven-year period of furious creativity, during which he produced nearly all of his great literary works. Wilde produced several great plays—witty, highly satirical comedies of manners that nevertheless contained dark and serious undertones.

He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

Here is a portrait photo collection of Oscar Wilde taken by American lithographer and photographer Napoleon Sarony when he was in New York in 1882.


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