Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde gained public attention in the latter part of the 1800s, notably in London. In the 21st century, Wilde is just as well known for his famous quotes as he is for his famous works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest. What most people don't know is that the renowned playwright had intimate relations with young men.
Although Wilde was married to Constance Lloyd, he reportedly carried out a long-term affair with Lord Alfred Douglas - and he also regularly solicited teenage boys. Wilde went to jail for sodomy in England after a number of the teens testified against him. At that time, homosexuality was regarded as an unlawful offense, and he was found guilty of indecency. Wilde was imprisoned for two years, and many people speculate that the physical and mental strain was what caused Wilde's health to deteriorate so severely.
Wilde Targeted Teen Servants
A Witness Saw A 14-Year-Old Boy In Wilde's Bed
Wilde Seduced A 16-Year-Old On Family Vacation
Wilde Commonly Solicited Young Male Sex Workers
He Dated A 15-Year-Old A Few Months Before His Death
Wilde Made Sexual Advances To Young Professionals In Town