Plays, Prose Writings, and Poems
By (author) Oscar Wilde
Plays, Prose Writings, and Poems by Oscar Wilde
Book Description(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed) Introduction by Terry Eagleton Oscar Wilde has been acknowledged as the wittiest writer in the English language. This collection proves that he was also one of the most versatile. Effortlessly achieved, each revealing a different aspect of his brilliance, all of the plays, prose writings, and poems gathered here support Wilde s belief that entertainment provides the best kind of edification. The works gathered here include Wilde s once-controversial and now classic novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," the rioutously (sic) comic plays The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere s Fan, and the famous poem he wrote after being released from prison, The Ballad of Reading Gaol. This expanded new edition now includes the complete version of Wilde s moving letter from prison, De Profundis, and his teasing parable about Shakespeare, The Portrait of Mr. W. H. Other notable included writings are the semi-comic mystery story Lord Arthur s Savile s Crime and the essay "The Soul of Man Under Socialism.""
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679405832
(216mm x 140mm x 38mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library USA
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Oscar Wilde
Narrativa de Oscar Wilde, Paperback / softback (November 2016)
Wilde is a fabulous writer; he possesses the ability to create absolutely spellbinding tales with which to enthrall the reader and capture their imagination. His creativity in storytelling is well-represented in this volume of narrative-style writings from the author.
Canterville Ghost and Other Stories, Paperback (October 2016)
A collection of Oscar Wilde's stories for children with brand new illustrations by Sam Usher.
Fantasma de Canterville, Hardback (September 2016)» View all books by Oscar Wilde
Moving into a haunted house, despite being told it was haunted, Oscar Wilde begins to have fun not only with the Americans way of life but with the British as well, injecting humor and satire at every opportunity. In the end, the ghost becomes significant. Through him, young Virginia learns about life and death and that love transcends it all.
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Author Biography - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born in Dublin, the second son of charismatic parents, his father a surgeon, his mother a poet. Ungainly and awkward as a child, he won an open scholarship to Trinity College, Dublin, and went from there to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a First in Greats, won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry and announced that 'Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, notorious'. In London he set about establishing himself as a poet and wit, and when Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Patience" toured the USA in 1882 he was invited to give a speech before every performance so that American audiences could recognize the 'perfectly precious young aesthete' satirized in the character of Bunthorne. This brought him both celebrity and money, and in 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, by whom he had two sons. He began writing fairy tales while working as editor of "The Lady's World," and "The Happy Prince" was published in 1888. His first play, Vera, had been a failure, but in 1892 "Lady Windermere's Fan" was staged with great success. This was swiftly followed by three other enomously successful comedies, the most famous being "The Importance of Being Earnest "(1895). Wilde died in France, aged only 46. His plays remain as popular today as ever before. Although he read his fairy stories to his two young sons, he claimed they were ' . . . not for children, but for childlike people from eighteen to eighty'.
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