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There is a great essay on the area where Wilde lived in Literary Dublin by Desmond O'Malley.

John Betjeman (1906-1984) In 1941, JB went to Dublin, as the Press Officer to the British Representative. Many years later, it was revealed that the IRA thought he was a spy, and considered assasinating him. However, on reading his poetry, they decided otherwise. His daughter Candida was born in 1942.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) prof at Dublin University College 1884-9. In Spring 1889 he contracted typhoid, and died on 8 June aged 44. Buried in the Jesuit plot at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin on 16th July 1856 to George Carr Shaw & Lucinda Elizabeth Gurly at Number Three, Synge Street (now number 33). Educated in Dublin, Trinity where he excelled. Commemorated in Dublin and Ayot St Lawrence. Shaw was not too pleased at the prospect of students learning his works in schools & colleges, he forbade it during his lifetime, saying, "My plays are for pleasure, not instruments of torture".

James Joyce (1882-1941) Born: 2 February 1882 Birthplace: Rathgar (near Dublin), Ireland. His most famour work, Ulysses, is written about events supposed to have occurred on June 15th, 1904. Every year on this day Dublin celebrates Bloomsbury Day which re-enacts events that occurred in the book.
Joyce died: 13 January 1941

Bram Stoker (1847-1912), born and lived in Dublin 1847, had a very troubled childhood, riddled with illness
SwiftJonathon Swift,(1667-1745), was born on 30 November 1667 in Dublin, Ireland; dean of St Patrick's Cathedral has epitaph and bust death maskpublished writings and the parchment awarding him the Freedom of the City.bust

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) He was in Belfast for a year from the autumn of 1853 then in Donnybrook, near Dublin, working with the post office.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Born at 21 Westland Row. The family lived at 1 Merrion Square from 1855-1878. It is now the Oscar Wilde House Museum. 1871 Read classics at Trinity College, Dublin. After his father, Sir William Wilde, died in 1876, the family moved to London. (Oscar Wilde's mother, Jane Francesca Wldle was a poetess and wrote under the pen name of Speranza. Some of her poems were quite revolutionary.

The Oscar Wilde Museum
Oscar Wilde's home
Number One, Merrion Square

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