He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work. The result of his inability to prove slander was his own trial on charges of sodomy, of which he was found guilty and sentenced to two years of hard labor. His first published volume, Poems, which met with some degree of approbation, appeared at this time. He was born to a middle-class Irish family his father was a surgeon and was trained as a scholarship boy at Trinity College, Dublin. There has been a revived interest in Wilde's work; among the best recent volumes are Richard Ellmann's, Oscar Wilde and Regenia Gagnier's Idylls of the Marketplace , two works that vary widely in their critical assumptions and approach to Wilde but that offer rich insights into his complex character. In , after being publicly insulted by the marquess, Wilde brought an unsuccessful slander suit against the peer. In he married Constance Lloyd, the daughter of an Irish lawyer, and within two years they had two sons. After his release, Wilde left England for Paris, where he wrote what may be his most famous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol , drawn from his prison experiences. Among his other notable writing is The Soul of Man under Socialism , which argues for individualism and freedom of artistic expression. In it he argues that his conduct was a result of his standing "in symbolic relations to the art and culture" of his time. During this period he wrote, among others, The Picture of Dorian Gray , his only novel, which scandalized many readers and was widely denounced as immoral. Books are well written or badly written. Lord Alfred was the son of the Marquess of Queensbury, who objected to his son's spending so much time with Wilde because of Wilde's flamboyant behavior and homosexual relationships.