Oscar Wilde's House

Oscar Wilde's House, 34 Tite Street, Chelsea. Photograph and text by Philip V. Allingham. 2002.

The great comic dramatist of fin-de-siècle London lived in this house in the fashionable Chelsea district from his marriage in 1884 to Constance Lloyd until his disastrous trial in 1895 and subsequent imprisonment in Reading Gaol for homosexual practices. Here, with the exception of The Ballad of Reading Gaol, he wrote his principal works: The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888), The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891), Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and the brilliant and enduring The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).

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