Tomorrow is the birthday of beloved Irish playwright, novelist, and poet Oscar Wilde, born in 1854. Celebrate the day by learning our List of the Week, vocabulary from "The Importance of Being Earnest": Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3.
To get an understanding of how lasting and popular Wilde's writing remains, check out this infographic from The Guardian. It suggests that, in terms of quotability, Wilde falls somewhere between Winston Churchill and Jesus.
Or take as testament to Wilde's enduring presence the proliferation of Vocabulary Lists made in his name by Vocabulary.com users, including "The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde," "The Picture of Dorian Gray," "An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde," and "Built of Books," based on Built of Books: How Reading Defined The Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright.
Teachers: Looking for more literature-based Vocabulary Lists? Find them here and check back often. Our curriculum development team adds new lists every week. Or get started on making your own lists with a short video "Vocabulary Lists Made Quick and Easy" and blog post "Six Steps to Better List Making."
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