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    Today is the birthday of Oscar Wilde, born in 1854. He was an Irish writer and poet. fter writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

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    • Joseph N. Pisano

      "Nowadays, people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." Oscar Wilde. Born-10-16-1854. Died 11-30-1900. Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer, poet and playwright. He is perhaps most famous for his witty epigrams such as the above quote.

    • Stephanie

      Nobody wrote more eloquently about being human than Irish author Oscar Wilde. Check out some of his wisest quotes to live your life by!

    • Manuela

      "It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious" Oscar Wilde

    • Carolina Rubio®

      “I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can't go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left". - Oscar Wilde (photo by Napoleon Sarony, 1882)

    • Jennifer Morris-Smith

      "It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious" Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, 1854-1900. Irish writer and poet)

    • Christopher Sendek

      1882 - Oscar Wilde - Irish Writer & Poet. Not just that, he wasn't afraid to rattle people and conventions...

    • The Writer Life

      Oscar Wilde. #read #reading #write #writing #writer #writing room #book #books #author #authors

    • lucas Sanhueza

      Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde. #OscarWilde #1854-1900 #Writer #Poet #Dandy

    • Gitte Daphne Lætgaard Tinning

      Quote by Oscar Wilde, words, citat, vintage, photo, sapira, man, male, thinker.

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    What you read when you don't have to determines what you will be when you can't help it - Oscar Wilde. Library promo POSTER © Eleanor.Margaret (Student, Graphic designer. UK) via Flickr

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    Today is the birtday of Richard Brautigan (1935–1984). He was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work often employs black comedy, parody, and satire. He is best known for his 1967 novel Trout Fishing in America. He was an American writer popular during the late 1960s and early 1970s. More information about Brautigan and his poems on Poemhunter: Happy Birthday Richard Brautigan!

    Today is the birthday of Robert Penn Warren, born in 1905. He was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He founded the influential literary journal The Southern Review with Cleanth Brooks in 1935.

    "Like all great actors, Guinness was a mixture—of the vulnerable and the self-assertive, of the public and the intensely private." Read Alec Guinness's full biography from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. #film #acting #history (Image: CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

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    ‘What exactly is knowledge?’ This new edition of one of Plato’s finest dialogues, Theaetetus, outstanding both for its philosophy and its literary artistry. #classics #literature #Greeks #Plato #philosophy #books

    Today is the birthday of Patrick Branwell Bronte, born in 1817. He was a painter and poet, the only son of the Brontë family, and the brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Bronte poems include Lines, On Caroline, Thorp Green, Remember Me, Sir Henry Tunstall and Penmaenmawr