Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish author, playwright, and poet known for his sardonic wit and pursuit of the aesthetic. His best known works include the play The Importance of Being Earnest, the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and a series of fairy tales (notably The Happy Prince).
- Oscar Wilde was one of many authors and philosophers quoted in the documentary Youth 68.
- In the 2017 book Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera, Beaker is buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery, and Oscar Wilde is mentioned as one of the luminaries buried there (along with Molière and Jim Morrison).
- The 2019 book The Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert) is a reference to The Importance of Being Earnest.