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OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900). Irish poet, wit and dramatist. Photographed in 1882 in New York City by Napoleon Sarony

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900). Irish poet, wit and dramatist. Photographed in 1882 in New York City by Napoleon Sarony


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OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900). Irish poet, wit and dramatist. Photographed in 1882 in New York City by Napoleon Sarony

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900).
Irish poet, wit and dramatist. Photographed in 1882 in New York City by Napoleon Sarony

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1882 Homosexual Irish Napoleon Oscar Playwright Poet Sarony Wilde


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This print showcases the enigmatic Oscar Wilde, a prominent figure in late 19th-century literature. Taken in 1882 by renowned photographer Napoleon Sarony in New York City, the image captures Wilde's distinctive fashion sense and charismatic presence. Standing tall with an air of confidence, Wilde exudes both elegance and intellect. His impeccable attire reflects his status as a man of refined taste, while his composed demeanor hints at the wit and charm for which he became famous. As an Irish poet, playwright, and wit, Wilde's contributions to literature were unparalleled during his time. However, this photograph also alludes to another aspect of Wilde's life that was not openly acknowledged at the time – his homosexuality. Despite societal constraints on such matters during that era, this image subtly reveals a glimpse into Wilde's personal identity. Napoleon Sarony skillfully captures both the public persona and private struggles of this literary genius through this timeless portrait. The photograph serves as a poignant reminder of Oscar Wilde's enduring legacy as one of history's most celebrated writers and cultural icons.

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