The play was initially well received by the audience, but when the critics wrote lukewarm reviews, attendance fell sharply and the play closed a week after it had opened.
He was one of only three students at Portora to win a Royal School scholarship to Trinity in 1871.
Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversational skill, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day.
In Bernaval-sur-Mer he was popular with the villagers, including the parish priest.
He was not allowed to send it, but was permitted to take it with him when released from prison.
Pater argued that man's sensibility to beauty should be refined above all else, and that each moment should be felt to its fullest extent.
Both author and producer assiduously revised, prepared and rehearsed every line, scene and setting in the months before the premiere, creating a carefully constructed representation of late-Victorian society, yet simultaneously mocking it.
While that means he was often quoted and admired, it also opened him up to ridicule.