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Nicole
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Alright. This may sound rather dumb, but....

I have a Madeline book in which Madeline and the other girls go to a Parisian cemetary. One of the graves is clearly marked with the name "Oscar Wilde" and contains this text:

"And alien tears will fill for him
Pity's long-broken urn,
For his mourners be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn."

This is a beautiful quote from Wilde's famous (and quite nice) poem "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". One thing, however, vexes me. Is this actually written on Oscar's grave? A search on Find a Grave (a great site) revealed this:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1102

However, I am still unclear, even after looking at the pictures. Will someone please help me? It's just one of those little things that bugs ya.

(PS...in the pic of his grave ,notice all the lip prints on it. I hope my tombstone is covered in that many when I go!)


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KatOKlzmk. Tangled Up In Indigo
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I think it probably IS his epitaph; there's this as the last page at OSCARIANA, one of the web sites devoted to him.
Unfornunatly the "Oscar Wilde Random Quote generator in't up at the moment, but it's still a good site for anyone interested in him.

Kat "woman with a past" O'Klzmk


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rufusknight
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I have a book, Panati's EXTRAORDINARY ENDINGS, that contains every morbid detail about Wilde's death except for what is written on his tombstone. His death was quite painfull and gross. The book list this as his last words: "Penniless, sipping Champagne; 'I an dying as I've lived: beyond my means.' Glancing around the room; 'This wallpaper is killing me; one of us has to go.' " Other details including the explosion of his puss laded body immediately following his death are listed.
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Bad Ronald
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quote:
Originally posted by rufusknight:
I have a book, Panati's EXTRAORDINARY ENDINGS

I'm so glad to know that someone else has this incredible book. When I try to explain it to people, they look at me like I'm a lunatic, but when I lend it to them I have a hard time getting it back.

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Nicole
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It is on the grave! I found this:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~androom/dead/story003.htm

fascinating! I know what my epitaths gonna be now (at the risk of being a hack)!


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skrap
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Excuse me, but "explosion of his pus laded body"???? I know I'm uninformed (or dumb) but how exactly did he die?
skrap

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The source I just found (via Ask Jeeves) says he died of meningitis.

Nonny

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Gus
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quote:
Originally posted by Nicole:
It is on the grave!

Well, you've answered your own question, but since the site you linked didn't actually show the inscription I just wanted to confirm that quote is indeed on the tombstone. I have a picture of the inscription; but I am not going to dig through my large picture collection and then hunt down a scanner (sorry).

Pere Lachaise I think is definetly worth a few hours of exploration if you're in Paris. There are many wonderful monuments and tombstones there.


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Sadie
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Isn't Oscar Wilde the best? Man, you gotta love just about everything that comes out of that guy's mouth. Seriously.
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