Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde. Now that's an Irish name. He was born in Dublin, the son of Irish intellectuals. His mother was a poet and staunch Irish nationalist who had a lofty contempt for polite society. He once invited an Oxford classmate to meet his mum at their home "where we have founded a Society for the Suppression of Virtue." So he came by his wise-ass attitude honestly; he inherited it.
Wilde had four siblings, all who died before their times. The most tragic episode was the twin deaths of his sisters Emily and May. Emily's dress caught fire while standing too close to the flames of the fireplace. Her sister May ushered her out of the house and down the steps to roll her in the snow. Unfortunately, May's dress caught flame as well. They both died of their burns. They had lost their eight-month ...