Oscar Wilde Quotes
Birth PlaceDublin, Republic of Ireland
Death PlaceFrench Third Republic
FatherSir William Wilde
MotherLady Jane Francesca Elgee Wilde
EducationPortora Royal School, Enniskillen, Trinity College Dublin, BA, Magadalen College, Oxford University (1874-78)
Lovers of literature are baffled by the works of this eminent English writer, but there’s more to Wilde apart from his phenomenal literary accomplishments. An interesting episode from the life of this writer is a boat ride which gave many a vague idea about his personality, very little about which is otherwise known to most people. It is believed that a group of reporters once had the privilege of sharing the boat with Wilde. Instead of bombarding the writer with questions pertaining to literature, but these reporters asked him about everything but that. They were interested in exploring his personal life, such as whether he prefers getting his nails clipped and his liking towards eggs, rather than talk about Oscar’s path-breaking works. Wilde, who expected these individuals to ask him something regarding his literary prowess, was put off by the questions of these reporters, which seemed rather silly. Oscar also found the boat journey to be a tad too boring and opined that a storm would have perhaps made the trip an exciting one. Another interesting observation of his fellow travellers was that Oscar’s dressing sense was apparently nothing close to that of a writer. They added that people who didn't know of his greatness would be deceived by Oscar’s external appearance. The boat finally reached the shore and the passengers were welcomed by the officials from the Customs department. One of the officers interrogated Oscar by asking him ‘Do you have anything to declare?’ The intelligent Wilde responded ‘Nothing. Except my genius’.