DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Irish poet and playwright (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, 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 imprisonment and early death.
DEATH: Wilde died of meningitis on 30 November 1900.Different opinions are given as to the cause of the disease: Richard Ellmann claimed it was syphilitic; however, Merlin Holland, Wilde’s grandson, thought this to be a misconception, noting that Wilde’s meningitis followed a surgical intervention, perhaps a mastoidectomy; Wilde’s physicians, Dr Paul Cleiss and A’Court Tucker, reported that the condition stemmed from an old suppuration of the right ear treated for several years and made no allusion to syphilis.