Oscar Wilde was one of the first great celebrities who was famous for being famous. Everything useful is ugly for it expresses a need, and the needs of men are ignoble and disgusting, like his poor, weak nature.The most useful place in the house is the lavatory.When he was there, he got a first class degree in the classics and won a Newdigate Prize for poetry.While he was at Oxford, he joined up with a lot of aristocratic young men who helped him get an entrée into London society.An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.” You could hardly imagine a more flagrant violation of the Dickensian idea what literature was for.He wrote a super little essay in 1889 called the “Decay of Lying,” and one of his characters, Vivian, talks about how you can’t find a good liar anymore and that it is no easy matter being a good liar.Very often the character Bunthorne would appear on stage, and Wilde himself would come in dressed in exactly the same way, as a way of underlining to the theater audience that it was meant to be him. Actually, the preface is really just a series of little aphorisms, but they are all contradictory to the standard wisdom of the time.“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. That is all.” And, “No artist has ethical sympathies.For one period, he dressed up as Prince Rupert, the man who had been the commander of King Charles I’s cavalry forces in the English civil war of the 1640s. Nearly everybody who met him found him mesmeric, delightful to be with, very witty, good-natured, just a wonderful friend to have.He was famous for wearing knee-length breeches when they had totally gone out of fashion and white silk stockings. This kind of dandyism, especially his great talking, made him famous.