Complete Shorter Fiction

Complete Shorter Fiction

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By all accounts the stories we know today represent only a fraction of those which Oscar Wilde enchanted his listeners. Now for the first time in one volume we have a complete collection of all the short fiction he published, and it clearly shows his versatility and skill as a storyteller, toooften overshadowed by his reputation as dramatist, critical theorist, and novelist.This edition include such well-known fairy-tales as 'The Happy Prince', 'The Young King', and 'The Fisherman and his Soul'; witty social and literary parody in 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and in Wilde's identification of the mysterious dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnets; and some of the parables hemost characteristically delivered, which he called 'Poems in Prose'.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780199535965
Branch Call Number: FICTION WILDE
Characteristics: 271 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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