LITERARY HISTORY: “No, Oscar Wilde Probably Didn’t Die of Syphilis” / PBS NewsHour / Dr. Howard Markel ☮

Oscar WildeOscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)
Irish Writer, Poet, Classicist, Spokesman for Aestheticism, and Atheist.
Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation.

Oscar Wilde uttered his last words in Room 16 of the Hôtel d’Alsace in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris. The wittiest man of his epoch was said to have quipped, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us must go.”

True or false, the great playwright, poet, novelist and essayist went first. Oscar Wilde drew his last, labored breath on Nov. 30, 1900. He was only 46 years old.

Ever since that moment, literary scholars, doctors and Wilde fans have argued about the precise cause of his death.

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2 thoughts on “LITERARY HISTORY: “No, Oscar Wilde Probably Didn’t Die of Syphilis” / PBS NewsHour / Dr. Howard Markel ☮

  1. Probably died rather than face the prospect of decades listening to the moronic, greedy conservatives of his day.

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