Born in the Irish capital in 1854, the son of a philanthropic surgeon and a revolutionary poet, Oscar Wilde studied languages and the Classics - graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, aged twenty, and later Magdalen College, Oxford. He published a collection of poetry in 1881, and his first play was produced in New York in 1883. The following year he married Constance Lloyd, who bore him two sons. Established now in London, working first as a journalist, the flamboyant Wilde soon became one of the most lauded playwrights of his era. His sexuality, however, put him at odds with Victorian values, and in 1895, at the peak of his fame, he was rendered bankrupt following a failed libel action against his lover's father. He was subsequently found guilty of gross indecency and sentenced to two years' hard labor. His health declined severely in prison, and he died destitute in Paris three years after his release.