Document: Exposé biographique de 4 pages en anglais sur Oscar Wilde, niveau seconde
Extrait: His studies : Brilliant student, Oscar Wilde attented the Trinity College of Dublin from 1871 to 1874 and then to Oxford from 1874 to 1878 where he met Alfred Douglas. This acquaintance changed his life, it was actually crucial in the affirmation of his identity. According to the head master of one of the establishment he frequented, Oscar Wilde was not popular at all with the schoolmates and did not correspond in his looks and attitude to what the teachers of fine schools expected from their students so that very early he was marginalised!
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[...] His theory of Art : Oscar Wilde like most writes expressed his views on Art in his compilation of essays entitled Intentions, according to him Nature imitates Art. He intended to make art a philosophy and to have a great influence over upon the imagination of his time. Oscar Wilde appreciated the world of Ancient Greece which he often alluded to in his letters to Alfred Douglas for exemple, it was a universe where he found a conception of love and physical beauty he could identify his own with! [...]
[...] (http://www.oscariana.net/oscariana02.htlm) His trial : Just like both his parents, Oscar Wilde had to go through a trial. Alfred Douglas' father violent and irritable man, accused him with corrupting his son ,after trying to threat his son of not giving him anymore money, which had obviously failed and persecuting the two men for several month. Wilde acted the way his mother had done years before, he decided to assume the accusation but like his father he was seized by a great fear of failure. [...]
[...] Though when he went to school his mother asserted Oscar was a ?wonderful boy' the young man was already deeply different from the others boys of his age. Early the writer to be conceived a taste for all the aspects of Appearance and disguise and witticisms from his mother's way to be. The decay of his father, he witnessed with his brother deeply marked Oscar for the rest of his life. His heredity was very heavy and hard to deal with. Many people said later that it created a predisposition for homosexuality. [...]