Oscar Wilde was a one of London’s most notable playwrights and writers of the 19th century. In modern times he’s known his epigrams, novel, plays and the tragedies of his life.
At the zenith of his career, Wilde was arrested for gross indecency with other men. After his conviction he spent two years in prison, serving hard time. Upon his release from prison he wrote his final work, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol;” a poem about his life in prison.
Despite his wealthy upbringing and success, Oscar died a poor man at the young age of 46.