American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Wilde, Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) 1854-1900. Irish-born writer. Renowned as a wit in London literary circles, he achieved recognition with The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), a novel. He also wrote plays of lively dialogue, such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), and poetry, including The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898).
- n. Irish writer and wit (1854-1900)
“Thus, in the defence of the Demented Philosophers, of which Wilde is my favourite, cut these dead dudes some slack!”
“And just as Holmes was a hero to Watson, so Wilde is a hero to Sherard.”
“It's 1892, and Wilde is the toast of London, riding high on the success of his play Lady Windemere's Fan.”
“Anne Wilde is with Principle Voices, a group that supports polygamist rights.”
“Movieline reports that Wilde is cast as a tattooed stripper (with Betty Page bangs, no less) who is mistress to a butter-carving champion played by Ty Burrell.”
“The difference between Chekhov and Wilde is that Chekhov is doing it through the subtext of the characters -- the unspoken lines -- whereas Wilde is doing it by being over the top and making fun of them.”
“Plus, the cemetery in Paris where Wilde is buried is overcrowded, and I can't imagine Mozzer spending his death mouldering in Indiana with Dean.”
“Oscar Wilde is quoted in the same issue: "give a man a mask, and he will tell you the truth".”
“Since Wilde is so funny, you'd think Wilder would be funnier.”
“Here's an interview with Justin Wilde that explains the dire economics of modern Christmas songwriting.”
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