If there was ever a man who truly had a way with words, it was Oscar Wilde. Quick, witty, intelligent and sometimes cutting, he has been quoted countless times since his unfortunate death in Paris.
The latest news of this “Dublin playwright” was published the week of the 111th anniversary (Nov. 30, 2011) of his death. Fans will no longer be able to shower his gravestone with kisses. It has been a tradition for over a decade for fans to don his or her favorite shade of red or pink lipstick and (literally) kiss Wilde’s grave.
After its latest renovations, the layers of lipstick graffiti have been scrubbed clean and there is now a “glass enclosure to preclude future visitors from degrading the stone.” The tradition of kissing his grave began after a previous renovation had been done due to “decades of graffiti.” At the time, Wilde’s descendants were able to put somewhat of a stop to the graffiti by having the tombstone listed “a historical monument.”