Dates: 16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900
Occupation: Dramatist, poet, writer, wit, aesthete
Born into a family of Dublin intellectuals, Wilde studied at Dublin and later Oxford. Best known for The Importance of Being Earnest but other works include the long poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, recounting some of his impressions and experiences when imprisoned after his failed legal case against the Marquess of Queensberry and his subsequent prosecution under the gross indecency laws of the time. Wilde converted to Catholicism on his deathbed.
Comments on Catholicism
“Catholicism is the only religion to die in.”
“And here I set my face towards home,
For all my pilgrimage is done,
Although, methinks, yon blood-red sun
Marshals the way to holy Rome.”
(from Rome Unvisited)
Wilde’s journey towards and into the Catholic Church is one of many told in Literary Converts by Joseph Pearce, published by Harper Collins.