Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde AKA Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde

Ireland /England 1854 – 1900

Comments: bi-sexual author of essays, a novel and poems; Freemason; unhealthy interest in pederasty in middle age led to imprisonment and premature death; Inspiration for the Uranians, gay poets;

Teachers; Walter Pater; John Ruskin; Sheridan le Fanu; J.P. Mahaffy ; Walter Pater; Goethe; Joris K. Huysmans; Francis Lathom ; Charles Robert Maturin, author of Melmoth the Wanderer (1820); William Beckford; George Brewer, author of The Witch of Ravensworth (1808); Karl Heinrich Ulrichs aka Numa Numantius, 1867, author of “Gladius furens” aka “Raging Sword”; Magnus Hirschfeld aka "Aunt Magnesia", 1897, founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, later Institute for Sexual Science; August von Platen, 1829;

Students; Aubrey Beardsley; Austin Osman Spare; George Cecil Ives; Ralph Chubb; Timothy d’Arch Smith; Montague Summers; Rev. E. E. Bradford; John Moray Stuart-Young; Frederick Rolfe; Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennell; Brian Reade; Harry Hay and James Broughton of the Radical Faeries and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; Martin Stoddard, author of Art, Messianism and Crime; Paul Jordan-Smith; Arthur Fish, assistant; Reginald Ashley Caton of Fortune Press (1897–1971); Tom of Finland aka Touko Laaksonen; John Horne Burns; Luis Zapata; Winston Leyland, publisher; Charles Warren Stoddard; Adolfo Caminha; Walter Baxter; Martyn Goff; Francis King aka Francis Henry King, author of An Air That Kills (1948); Kenneth Martin; Gillian Freeman; Michael Nelson; C.H.B. Kitchin; Prof. Gregory Woods; Poppy Z. Brite; Clive Barker; Michael McDowell ; Michael Talbot; Forrest Reid; Paul Binding; Blair Niles; George Baxt; Pedro Lemebel ; Michael Campbell; Michael Bronski; Neil McKenna; Leontine Sagan, 1931, filmmaker; : Friedrich Radszuweit, publisher of Die Freundin for Lesbians & creator of the Human Rights League, 1923; Henry Gerber of the Society for Human Rights @1920; Karl Maria Kertbeny, 1969; Adolf Brand and Benedict Friedlaender, founders of Gemeinschaft der Eigenen aka the Society of Self-Owners, 1903; Anna Ruling aka Theo Anna Sprungli, 1904;

Friends: Jane, Lady Wilde, mother; Lord Alfred Douglas aka Bosie; George Moore; Florence Balcombe, a childhood sweetheart, who married Bram Stoker; Robert Sherard; Constance Lloyd aka Constance Wilde , wife and member of the Golden Dawn; George Bernard Shaw; Robert Ross; Frank Harris; Sarah Bernhardt; Lionel Johnson; John Gray; Aleister Crowley; Florence Farr; Arthur Machen; John Addington Symonds; Anna Comtesse de Brémont;

Enemies: the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, John Sholto Douglas; Ernst Rohm, Gay leader of the Nazi Brown Shirts;

Organizations:University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin; Freemasonry, Apollo Masonic Lodge, 1875; briefly at University Mark Lodge No.55; briefly Churchill Lodge; Magdalen College, Oxford;

Author: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890); Salome, 1891 (illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley); The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895 ; De Profundis, written in 1897 & published in 1905; The Ballad of Reading Gaol, 1898; "Aesthetic Morality"; poem "Ravenna"; The Rise of Historical Criticism; lecture on Personal Impressions of America, The Value of Art in Modern Life, and Dress; editor of The Lady’s World aka The Woman’s World; Vera or the Nihilists, 1880, which uses Masonic passwords;

Quotes: "I am not young enough to know everything" ;

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde; or listen here -http://librivox.org/author/114 ; and read him - http://www.oscarwildecollection.com/;http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/dominicselwood/100252072/the-dark-deep-roots-of-britains-fascination-with-witchcraft/?fb ; http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/04/14/finland_s_graphic_gay_bondage_stamps_are_amazing.html ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trebor-healey/early-gay-literature-redi_b_5373869.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books ; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/11/adventures-in-gay-history-with-oscar-wilde.html ; http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/26/berlin-story ;