Chiefly remembered today as a playwright, especially for The Importance of Being Earnest, and as the author of The Picture of Dorian Gray; Wilde's oeuvre includes criticism, poetry, children's fiction, and a large selection of reviews, lectures and journalism. The Downfall of Oscar Wilde. On Valentine's Day in 1895, the most famous playwright in the English speaking world, Oscar Wilde, presented his new play, The Importance of Being Earnest, in London at St.
After studying at Trinity College, Dublin, Wilde went to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he achieved a double first and won the Newdigate prize for a poem Ravenna. Oscar Wilde's mother, Jane, was a celebrated poet in her own right, and she held court at her home with creative people on a regular basis. These salons attracted some of the best and brightest artists and writers of the time.