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Oscar Wilde Memorial Walk

Oscar Wilde
(Dublin 1854 - Paris 1900)
Irish writer and poet
(Wikipedia)
Bruce Williams
2000

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Description

The memorial is described by Bruce Williams as:

Two gates with the image of Oscar Wilde, railings incorporating poetry by Paul Muldoon and Wilde’s words ‘Oh beautiful world…’ Also three love seats and a wood and stone bench, the same size as his prison bed.

Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison. The walk is beside the old Reading Gaol.

Inscription(s)

The Oscar Wilde Memorial Walk
was commissioned by Reading Borough Council in the year 2000
from the artist Bruce Wiliams and the poet Paul Muldoon
to commemorate the life and work of
Oscar Wilde on the centenary of his death
Supported by the Arts Council of England, Southern Arts and Artpoint

Reading - Oscar Wilde Memorial Walk

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Location (N 51°27'20" - W 0°57'48")

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