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Oscar Wilde Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about Oscar Wilde, the time, place, players, and culture?

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wilde's harrowing novel.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde's comedy of manners.

An Ideal Husband

Wilde's comedic play.

De Profundis

Wilde's letter to Lord Alfred Douglas from Reading Gaol.


A collection of Wilde's poetry.

"The Ballad of Reading Gaol"

The poem Wilde composed after his imprisonment.

London Obituary

Wilde's 1 December 1900 death notice in the Guardian newspaper.

New York Obituary

Wilde's obituary in the New York Times.

Monty Python's Flying Circus

The transcript of their skit "Oscar Wilde."

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