After a meeting with Pope Pius IX, Oscar Wilde locked himself in his room emerging only after writing a sonnet inspired by and dedicated to the Pope. Hours later, he visited the protestant cemetery where the Romantic poet, John Keats, was buried. Kneeling at his grave, Wilde ostentatiously declared it to be "the holiest place in Rome." Did Oscar Wilde contradict himself? Did he contain multitudes? He did, to understate the matter - and those complexities were best expressed in his great theatrical works like Lady Windermere's Fan, Salome, and, of course, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Wilde and the plays he wrote. Read