Simon Callow reads Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
(Dublin, Oct. 16, 1854 – Paris, Nov. 30, 1900)
Irish-born, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for “gross indecency,” imprisonment, and untimely death at the age of 46.
As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: publishing a book of poetry, lecturing in the United States and Canada on the new “English Renaissance in Art” and interior decoration, and then returning to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant manner of dress, and sparkling conversational skills, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his time.
British actor, director and screenwriter.