A Beginner’s Guide to Oscar Wilde

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several months. Enjoy our highlight reel, and we’ll be back with new stuff on Monday, January 6th.

This post originally ran October 20, 2013.

Oscar Wilde would have celebrated his 159th birthday earlier this week. He is one of those writers who wrote a bit of everything, including poems, essays, children’s stories, plays like The Importance of Being Earnest, and one single novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray.  Wilde was a victim of Victorian attitudes toward sexuality. He served two years in prison for the alleged crime of “gross indecency” with another man.

His story is one that has resonated with  the artistic community for decades, and he is viewed by many as a pioneer in the struggle for gay rights. on the occasion of his 150th birthday, the first of the videos below was commissioned to pay tribute to the man – both his writing and his life.

Don’t worry. I included some Monty Python, too. I’m not going to let things get too serious.

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde


BBC News – Rupert Everett talks about playing Oscar Wilde 


Wilde (1997) – Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde – Trial – The love that dare not speak its name 


Stephen Fry – Series 2, Episode 2: Beauty of Soul of Oscar Wilde 


The Selfish Giant (from a story by Oscar Wilde) – Animated Film 


The Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde – Michael Mills’ Classic Animated Short (1974)


Writers (Wilde, Shaw) – Monty Python’s Flying Circus


And while this is not a video, it’s one of the most interesting Oscar Wilde tidbits that has appeared on the internet in a long while, via The Toast.

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