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The Complete Short Stories

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Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 288 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 019953506X | Isbn-13: 9780199535064 | Publish date: 

Curator: John Sloan

Also available as: Hardcover , Mass Market Paperback , eBook

Category: Fiction & Literature

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Book Description
'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.
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  • 3

    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 Birthd ...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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  • 3

    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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  • 5

    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 fat ...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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  • 5

    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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  • 5

    Wilde non è solo "il Ritratto di Dorian Gray", c'è molto molto di più, come dimostra questa bellissima raccolta, che spazia dai racconti per bambini (in realtà ad una lettura più semplice, di "superficie" se ne accosta un'altra più profonda, ogni racconto ha un insegnamento o un messaggio finale ...continue

    Wilde non è solo "il Ritratto di Dorian Gray", c'è molto molto di più, come dimostra questa bellissima raccolta, che spazia dai racconti per bambini (in realtà ad una lettura più semplice, di "superficie" se ne accosta un'altra più profonda, ogni racconto ha un insegnamento o un messaggio finale spesso straziante, come in "The Happy Prince"), ai racconti più complessi e di satira sociale (come la critica sopraffina alla grossolaneria degli statunitensi in "The Canterville Ghost") ai poemi in prosa, che concludono la raccolta. Non sono molti gli scrittori che hanno saputo essere così versatili da cimentarsi in più generi letterari diversi, in tutti con risultati notevoli.

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