Famous Last Will and Testament Playwright Oscar Wilde

About the last will and testament of famous playwright Oscar Wilde.


OSCAR WILDE, Irish playwright, died 1900

Last Will: Debt-ridden in France amid the ruins of his huge literary reputation, Wilde died a pauper in everything but courage and constant wit. He never wrote a formal will, but while still in Reading Gaol, designated his friend Robert (Robbie) Ross as his literary executor. After Wilde's death, the London Court of Bankruptcy granted Ross its official blessing. The devoted caretaker paid off the bankruptcy by 1906 and satisfied in full his friend's last wish: settlement of all debts owed to his French creditors.

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