- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 1104 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 238mm x 56mm | 1,202g
- Publication date: 1 September 2007
- Publication City/Country: Herts
- ISBN 10: 1840225505
- ISBN 13: 9781840225501
- Sales rank: 26,451
Wilde's works are suffused with his aestheticism, brilliant craftsmanship, legendary wit and, ultimately, his tragic muse. He wrote tender fairy stories for children employing all his grace, artistry and wit, of which the best-known is The Happy Prince. Counterpoints to this were his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, which shocked and outraged many readers of his day, and his stories for adults which exhibited his fascination with the relations between serene art and decadent life. Wilde took London by storm with his plays, particularly his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest. His essays - in particular De Profundis- and his Ballad of Reading Gaol, both written after his release from prison, strikingly break the bounds of his usual expressive range. His other essays and poems are all included in this comprehensive collection of the works of one of the most exciting writers of the late nineteenth century.
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By Karl Fennelly 06 Sep 2012
A fabulous collection of Oscar Wilde's work.
You could read the book cover to cover if you so desired, or dip in and out of it as and when the mood suits.
Full of incredibly profound and moving work, some of the children's stories in particular are just heartbreaking.
The Ballard of Reading Gaol is a suburb piece of poetry and is worth a read even if poetry isn't your thing.
All in all a great compilation, I don't think this book could really be improved on.