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The Complete Short Stories

By Oscar Wilde

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| Paperback | 9780199535064

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'Wilde did not converse - he told tales.' Oscar Wilde was already famous as a brilliant wit and raconteur when he first began to publish his short stories in the late 1880s. They have never lacked readers and admirers, George Orwell and W. B. Yeats Continue

'Wilde did not converse - he told tales.' Oscar Wilde was already famous as a brilliant wit and raconteur when he first began to publish his short stories in the late 1880s. They have never lacked readers and admirers, George Orwell and W. B. Yeats among them. The stories give free rein to Wilde's originality, literary skill, and sophistication. They include poignant fairy-tales such as 'The Happy Prince' and 'The Selfish Giant', and the extravagant comedy and social observation of 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost'. They also encompass the daring narrative experiments of 'The Portrait of Mr. W. H.', Wilde's fictional investigation into the identity of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's sonnets, and the 'Poems in Prose', based on the Gospel stories. This edition demonstrates the centrality of Wilde's shorter fiction in his literary career, and his continuing development and experimentation with the short story format. Combining myth, romance, and irony, Wilde's stories enthral and challenge the reader. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe.
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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    The Happy Prince and Other Tales *****

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    María said on Mar 10, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    A collection of short stories; first a few very short and simple fairy stories with a moral, then a few strange fairy tale like stories that were somewhat disturbing. "The Fisherman and his Soul" is a bit allegorical, but what the deeper meaning behi ...(continue)

    A collection of short stories; first a few very short and simple fairy stories with a moral, then a few strange fairy tale like stories that were somewhat disturbing. "The Fisherman and his Soul" is a bit allegorical, but what the deeper meaning behind this story is, I have no idea... "The Birthday of the Infanta" was a bit depressing. The later stories in this book are longer and no fairy tales. I liked "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime" and "The Canterville Ghost" well enough, because of the sarcastic humor and irony. The early fairy tales in the beginning were also alright. In short, this is a collection with many different short stories, not exactly meant for children.

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    Voronda said on Sep 21, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Una lettura piacevole - l'intera opera di Wilde è da leggere, non c'è solo 'Il ritratto di Dorian Gray'. Di certo non è questo il suo apice come scrittore.

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    Eby said on Apr 19, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Including stories that everyone has heard of in childhood, yet it is not simply a book of fairy tales, it tells moral, money, religion and aspects that were valued in Wilde's times.

    I like "Lord Athur Savile's Crime" the most, because it tells ...(continue)

    Including stories that everyone has heard of in childhood, yet it is not simply a book of fairy tales, it tells moral, money, religion and aspects that were valued in Wilde's times.

    I like "Lord Athur Savile's Crime" the most, because it tells the paradox of fate. Is it men who control fate or the other way round? A question that lies deeply in my mind after reading the story...

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    Clio said on Jun 11, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    Oscar Wilde Complete Short Fiction

    Oscar Wilde was undoubtedly one of the best English writers in history and whose wit and proficiency is an indispensible treasure for English readers around the world.

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    秋盈 said on Dec 14, 2007 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 288 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 019953506X
  • ISBN-13: 9780199535064
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 2010-01-14
  • Dimensions: 103 mm x 838 mm x 1,263 mm
  • Also available as: Mass Market Paperback , Hardcover , eBook
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