“When good Americans die they go to Paris” Oscar Wilde Paris.
Oscar Wilde, the famous writer, spent many years in Paris. He moved to Paris after he spending two years in prison for being gay ( ‘gross indecency.’) During this time he wrote his interesting piece De Profundi which he later finalize in Paris. This text reveals how torn and sad Wilde was in prison. He lost much weight and developed a deep depression and bitterness that will accompany him until death.
The Oscar Wilde Paris Roman
As soon as he was released from prison, the Oscar Wilde – Paris roman started, and ended with his death.
If you wish to follow this great man footsteps in Paris there are few places that still exist today and are related to Wilde.
1. Café de la Paix
Oscar Wilde used to write in Café de la Paix situated in 5 Place de l’Opéra, the 9th arrondisement. This historical place, opened June 30, 1862 hosted great artist over the years, one of them is Oscar Wilde. You can seat near one of the tables and watch the people walking by, getting your thoughts organized. Just like what Wilde probably did.
2. The Hôtel du Quai Voltaire
Oscar Wilde’s Paris adventure actually started here. He stayed in this hotel for several month trying to organize things together. During these months, many friends came to visit him. Today this three stars hotel still exists.
3. Café d’Harcourt on the Place de Sorbonne
This is another café Wilde used to go to regularly. In fact, he sat there few times accompanied by James Joyce. In this place Wilde also finished writing De Profundi.
4. L’Hôtel where Oscar Wilde Paris and Death met!
In this hotel, simply called l’hotel, Oscar Wilde died. It is located in the beautiful neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. He stayed in this hotel for several months (at that time it was called Hôtel d’Alsace). He actually didn’t like the hotel and often complained about the decoration and the service.
Outside the hotel there is a metal sign that mentions Wilde lived in this place.
5. Saving best for last, Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Père Lachaise Cemetery
Wilde’s tomb is probably the most famous tomb in Père Lachaise Cemetery. It is covered with lipsticks since many people believe that kissing his tomb will bring good luck (or herpes).
On the tomb there is a paragraph from his masterpiece “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.