Chapter 1, Toil of Growing Up
• Oscar Wilde was born in Ireland to parents who support Irish independence.
• Oscar Wilde was baptized twice, once as a Catholic and once as a Protestant.
• Oscar Wilde broke his arm twice and did not care for outdoor sports.
Chapter 2, Wilde at Oxford
• Oscar Wilde matriculated at Oxford where he was bored with his studies, but read widely in modern philosophy.
• Oscar Wilde fell under the influence of two critics, Ruskin and Pater, and tried to negotiate a resolution to the conflicts between their ideas.
Chapter 3, Rome and Greece
• Oscar Wilde resisted pressure to convert to Catholicism, but he feared that he would be disinherited if he converted.
• Oscar Wilde began to place poems in magazines.
Chapter 4, An Incomplete Aesthete
• When he lost his University Demyship, Oscar Wilde traveled to London where he began to write art criticism.
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