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Restored tomb of Oscar Wilde to be unveiled today

The restored tomb of Oscar Wilde will be unveiled later today at the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. The date was chosen to coincide with the 111th anniversary of Wilde's death. The project was coordinated by his grandson Merlin Holland, and supported by both the French and Irish governments. When Oscar Wilde died on this date in 1900, he was a penniless exile. Friends of the writer could only afford a sixth-class grave outside Paris. Wilde was later reinterred in Père-Lachaise, the final resting place of writers, artists and composers. His new tomb was unveiled in 1914 - an angel in flight, by sculptor Jacob Epstein. It became a magnet for tourists and admirers, who by the mid 1980s had covered the monument with lipstick kisses. French conservationists have carefully cleaned the Art Deco tomb and encased it in glass. For more information on the project, visit http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1130/oscarwilde.html


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