Wilde was released from prison on May 19, 1897, he was a broken man.
Wilde left England and died in sad circumstances in Paris on November
30, 1900. His remains were buried in the insignificant Bagneaux Cemetery.
There must have been plans to transfer the body from the start, since
Wilde was buried in quicklime. This was done to transfer the corpse
to bone, so moving it to another location would be a 'clean' affair.
When the great day finally came, however, the gravediggers were shocked by the sinister sight of Wilde: his body was preserved very well and his hair and beard had grown even longer. The quicklime had only served to preserve the body, instead of skeletizing it. Wilde's remains were moved to Père Lachaise on July 19, 1909.
to wait for another few years before his monument was finished. Not
before 1914 the famous tomb (pictured below) by Jacob Epstein was
unveiled. It had taken the American three years to sculpt it. When
it was almost finished is was found to be indecent by the conservateur.
This was resolved by a plaque that served as a fig leaf. This plaque
was hacked away in 1922 (presumably by some students). Actually, they
hacked away a little more than just the plaque.
the back of the tomb there's a fragment of his last major work, The
Ballad of Reading Gaol:
Judie Culbertson & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1986.
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