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article imageOscar Wilde wipes away the kisses on the anniversary of his death

By Jesse Rutigliano     Dec 1, 2011 in Arts
Literary giant and Irish legend Oscar Wilde has had his tomb cleaned and restored as a tribute to the 111th anniversary of his death in Paris.
Jacob Epstein's fantastic modernist sculpture has been completely cleaned and mended due to excess amounts of lipstick. The kiss shaped lipstick marks were left my innumerable adoring fans of Mr Wilde's work and lifestyle. The unavailing of the restored sculpture; complete with newly installed glass barriers pay's respect to Wilde on the anniversary of his death (30th November, 1900).
At the unavailing Oscar Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland gave a speech in his grandfather's honour. Oscar Wilde's work is still prevalent in today's schooling and university systems, with The importance of being Ernest and The picture of Dorian Grey still a requirement for literature students world wide. This shows the profound impact that Mr. Wilde had on the Arts.
The inscription on Oscar Wilde's grave is an excerpt from his most famous poem; The Ballad of Reading Gaol
"And alien tears will fill for him
Pity's long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn."
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