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October 16, 2013

Wilde, Mother & Son

Oscar Wilde    (1854 - 1900)

Oscar Wilde
(1854 – 1900)

by Steve King

On this day in 1854 Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, and by all accounts, including Oscar’s, cut from his mother’s cloth: “How ridiculous of you to suppose that anyone, least of all my dear mother, would christen me ‘plain Oscar’…. I started as Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. All but two of the five names have already been thrown overboard. Soon I shall discard another and be known simply as ‘The Wilde’ or ‘The Oscar.'”

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