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Author photo. Speranza (Lady Wilde), attributed to George Morosini. Wikimedia Commons.

Speranza (Lady Wilde), attributed to George Morosini. Wikimedia Commons.

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Jane Francesca Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. She contributed poetry and letters to The Nation under the pseudonyms "Speranza" and "John Fanshaw Ellis," and became the publication's editor in 1848. In 1851, she married William Robert Wilde, an eminent eye surgeon, with whom she had three children, including Oscar Wilde.
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