She was a ninety year old Queen that had ruled for sixty years.He was a broken man that had been forced into two years of hard labor in prison for participating in homosexual practices.Wilde died in Paris - an exile living under the name Sebastian Melmoth. He was only forty-six years old.

Life had begun for Oscar on October 16, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland. He was blessed with three middle names extending this full name to Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde. He was the second son of interesting and accomplished parents. His father, William Wilde had - by the age of 28 - graduated as a doctor, traveled to North Africa and the Middle East, studied at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, written two books, and had been an adviser to the Irish Census in 1841. The medical statistics they gathered had never been collected in any other country. He was knighted and became Sir William Wilde because of that - and subsequent census work. He opened a Dublin practice specializing in ear and eye diseases. Feeling he should provide treatment for the poor as well, he founded St. Mark's Ophthalmic Hospital which he built completely at his own expense. Before he married, he had fathered three children - all of which he financially supported. He paid for the oldest son to go to medical school and eventually hired him as an assistant at St. Mark's Hospital.

Oscar's mother Jane, gained attention for writing revolutionary poetry for an Irish newspaper. She was also a noted linguist and translated literature from European languages. Jane and William married and had three children together - Willie, Oscar, and a daughter, Isola Emily. At the age of ten the daughter died from a sudden fever. The loss of his sister had a profound and lasting affect on Oscar and the remainder of his life he carried a lock of her hair in a decorated envelope. Oscar excelled in grammar school and achieved a scholarship to Trinity College in Dublin. At Trinity, his achievements garnered him another scholarship to Oxford in England. Again at Oxford his talents were rewarded with prizes and the highest achievement marks by his examiners. Upon graduation, he moved to London, where he published his first book, "Poems."

Witty and flamboyant, with long hair and sporting flowing capes, Oscar's keen intellect and knack for quick quips made Oscar a favorite among London's literary and social set. He was sought after as a guest and a public speaker. In December 1881 Oscar sailed for New York for what was supposed to be a four month - 50 lecture tour. It turned out to last almost a year - with 140 lectures. Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon.

In 1884 at the age of thirty, he married Constance Lloyd, a well-read, wel-educated woman with an independent mind. They quickly had two sons. Thus began the most creative period of his life. He wrote, "The Happy Prince and other Tales" for his sons.