Wilde’s life can be seen to fall into three phases, each associated with a different principal location: he grew up in Ireland, moved to England at the age of 20 where he spent his fruitful maturity and in 1897, after his release from Reading Gaol, he travelled restlessly on the Continent until his death at the age of 46 in Paris in 1900. The exceptions to this pattern are the years 1882 which Wilde spent constantly on the move in America and Canada delivering lectures at major centres, and 1895–97 when he was in prison, for most of that period in Reading Gaol.