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George Bernard Shaw, one of four Irish winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

For a comparatively small country, Ireland has made a disproportionate contribution to world literature in all its branches, in both the Irish and English languages. The island's most widely-known literary works are undoubtedly in English. Particularly famous examples of such works are those of James Joyce, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Ireland's four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature; William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. Three of the four Nobel prize winners were born in Dublin (Heaney being the exception, having lived in Dublin but being born in County Londonderry), making it the birthplace of more Nobel literary laureates than any other city in the world. The Irish language has the third oldest literature in Europe (after Greek and Latin),the most significant body of written literature (both ancient and recent) of any Celtic language, as well as a strong oral tradition of legends and poetry. Poetry in Irish represents the oldest vernacular poetry in Europe, with the earliest examples dating from the 6th century.

The early history of Irish visual art is generally considered to begin with early carvings found at sites such as Newgrange and is traced through Bronze age artefacts, particularly ornamental gold objects, and the Celtic brooches and illuminated manuscripts of the "Insular" Early Medieval period. During the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, a strong indigenous tradition of painting emerged, including such figures as John Butler Yeats, William Orpen, Jack Yeats and Louis le Brocquy.

Oscra Wilde- http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde
Oscra Wilde- http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flaherty Wills Wilde (Dublino, 16 ottobre 1854Parigi, 30 novembre 1900) fu uno scrittore, poeta e drammaturgo irlandese. Autore dalla scrittura apparentemente semplice e spontanea, ma sostanzialmente molto ricercata ed incline alla ricerca del bon mot, con uno stile talora sferzante e impertinente egli voleva risvegliare l'attenzione dei suoi lettori e invitarli alla riflessione.È noto soprattutto per l'uso frequente di aforismi e paradossi, per i quali è tuttora spesso citato.

L'episodio più notevole della sua vita, di cui si trova ampia traccia nelle cronache del tempo, fu il processo e la condanna a due anni di prigione per avere violato la legge penale che codificava le regole morali in materia sessuale della sua stessa classe sociale.

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