Famous poets and their favourite drinks

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Wilde was a man of many famous quotes, including: “Work is the curse of the drinking classes”. As with many creative minds through history, think Van Gogh, Hemingway and Toulouse-Lautrec, Wilde was a well-known absinthe drinker. But he did enjoy other drinks as well, including whisky and Champagne. In his libel trial against the Marquess of Queensberry, Wilde was questioned on the stand by Edward Carson and the following exchange was recorded.

Carson: “Do you drink Champagne yourself?”
Wilde: “Yes; iced Champagne is a favourite drink of mine – strongly against my doctor’s orders.”
Carson: “Never mind your doctor’s orders, sir?”
Wilde: “I never do.”

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