If Famous Writers Had CVs – Oscar Wilde

What if history’s famous writers had CVs? Let’s imagine that with our new section #FamousWritersResume. Our first candidate is an Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Would you hire him?


Poet, playwright, novelist, editor

Personal profile

A successful playwright and poet, aesthete and trendsetter. A leader in the aesthetic movement based on the principle of art for art’s sake, and starry-eyed optimist.


34 Tite Street, Chelsea, London





Portora Royal School, Graduated in 1871

  • the top classics student
  • was awarded the Royal School Scholarship

Trinity College, Dublin (1871–74)

  • received the college’s Foundation Scholarship
  • received the Berkeley Gold Medal as the best student in Greek

Magdalen College, Oxford (1874–78)

Double first class B.A. in Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores

  • hosted cozy soirées enlivened by music, Venetian glassware, and gin-and-whiskey cocktails
  • won the Newdigate Prize for the best English verse composition

Work Experience

Freelance Poet and Novelist

1878 – Present

  • Writes poems, plays, fairy stories and essays

Lecturer, North America


  • Toured the United States and Canada
  • Gave talks on art and fashion
  • Drank with Walt Whitman
  • Shocked and amused newspaper reporters

Contributor, The Pall Mall Gazette


  • Wrote book reviews

Editor, The Lady’s World magazine


  • Generated story ideas for writing staff
  • Solicited good contributions


  • An expert in the art of self-publicity
  • A first-class raconteur (Bernard Shaw can confirm)
  • Born with a great eye for decorating and design
  • An exceptional linguist. Fluent in English, German, French. Working knowledge of Italian and Greek.

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