Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

( 1854 – 1900)

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, born in Dublin, Ireland, was an Irish Writer and Poet. He was one of London’s most popular playwrights in the 1890’s, and today is remembered for his epigrams, his plays, the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, as well as his scandalous lifestyle and refusal to conform. “The Importance of being Earnest” is considered one of his most notable plays. He was married for a time and had two kids, but went to jail over a homosexual scandal. As I said, he didn’t hold much back in his private life. His epigrams are absolute genius, and I catch myself enjoying those at least as much as his other work. They are still relevant 120 years later. Read them if you get a chance.

He is buried in the Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise in Paris France. His legend is secure.

Trivia:

Jim Morrison is buried in this cemetery too.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

( 1792 – 1822 )

One of the major English Romantic Poets, and is considered one of the finest lyric poets in the English language, and  talk about a free thinker…….. One of his first published works was “The Necessity of Atheism” (and this was 200 years ago!), and it got him expelled from school at 18. He believed in free love, as in living together and all that, again, in an era when you could get in trouble for blasphemy and sedition. Evidently he was way ahead of his time.

His works are too many to list, but try these, if you want to read some of his genius:

Queen Maab

When Soft Voices Die

Prometheus Unbound

Ozymandias

Adonais

His body is buried in Campo Cestio , Rome.

John Keats and Edward Trelawny are buried there too……. Keats being another, along with Byron, of the great Romantic Poets of the Era. Trelawny was an adventurer and friend, whose lived his life as if he stepped out of their poems.

Trivia:

His Heart is buried close to his wife in St. Peter Churchyard, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, and she was Mary Shelley, the Author of “Frankenstein”.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

( 1899 – 1961 )

Ernest Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His books are considered classics, a lot written about his own experiences, but if you look at his life, why wouldn’t you write about it. He did a lot more than you and I will ever do, thats for sure…….. His granddaughters are Margaux and Mariel Hemingway achieved fame, Mariel as an actress, Margaux as a model and actress.

He committed suicide in 1961, and is buried in Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Idaho

Trivia:

Granddaughter Margaux committed suicide one day shy of 35 years to the day after her famous Grandfather, and is buried close to him.

Actress Ann Sothern (1909 – 2001) is buried there too…… she was in 64 movies and did a lot of TV.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

(1896 – 1940)

Regarded as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, he was an author and a poet.

The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, This Side Of Paradise, Tender is the Night, to name a few, kind of says it all.

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was a short story of his. His wife was Zelda Sayre (1900 -1948). She suffered a lot and spent time in mental institutions, and he was an alcoholic from his college days. A troubled marriage to say the least. His works are still popular today and are required reading in some schools.

He put out some deep thoughts, that’s for sure. He is buried in  St. Mary’s Cemetery, Rockville, MD

Check out his stuff……