Complete Shorter Fiction

Complete Shorter Fiction

Book - 1998
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Oxford University Press
For the first time in one volume, this complete collection of all the short fiction Oscar Wilde published contains such social and literary parodies as "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and "The Canterville Ghost;" such well-known fairy tales as "The Happy Prince," "The Young King," and "The Fisherman and his Soul;" an imaginary portrait of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnets entitled "The Portrait of Mr. W.H.;" and the parables Wilde referred to as "Poems in Prose," including "The Artist," "The House of Judgment," and "The Teacher of Wisdom."

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780192833761
Branch Call Number: F WIL
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Murray, Isobel


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Mar 21, 2015

"Men who are dandies and women who are darlings rule the world, at least they should do so."
-"The Model Millionaire"
Even if you've never read anything by Oscar Fingal O'Falhertie Willis Wilde (his full name), you probably have some impression of him, which means he succeeded. He has been described by some as the first modern celebrity (who wasn't royalty) and one of the first authors who made his life and persona as much a work of art (if not more so) as his books. His reputation as an author rests on a rather flimsy cravat; he's best remembered for his supremely witty play "The Importance of Being Earnest," his sole novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and his epigrams. Maybe it's time you got to know Mr. Wilde better and see what all the fuss is about. This Penguin edition, as the title indicates, brings together all of his short fiction, which includes fairy tales, stories for children, detective stories, ghost stories, a piece about Shakespeare's sonnets, and comic stories. For someone so associated with decadence and aestheticism, there's a surprisingly strong sentimental and moralistic streak, especially in children's stories like "The Happy Prince" and "The Selfish Giant." This stories to reveal a different side to Wilde and show he had more range than he's often given credit for, but none particularly sparkle like his best plays or have the depth of "Dorian Gray."
"All art is quite useless."


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