The Happy Prince & Other Stories

The Happy Prince & Other Stories

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Oscar Wilde


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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 190mm x 4mm | 60g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853261238
  • ISBN 13: 9781853261237
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 24,822

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In these delightful tales, Oscar Wilde employs all his grace, artistry and wit. The Happy Prince tells of the statue of a once pleasure-loving Prince which, with the help of a selfless Swallow helps people in distress. As well as The Nightingale and the Rose, The Devoted Friend and The Remarkable Rocket, this collection contains The Selfish Giant, a remarkable story of the redemptive power of love.

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Editorial reviews

Ray takes inspiration from the well-known fairytale, wherein a prince is raised in splendid, protective surroundings. He grows old and dies without ever seeing the misery endured by the people of his city: ignorance is bliss. Only from the leaden perch of the statue raised in his honor can the prince comprehend the truth. Wilde gets fair handling in this adaptation, but curiously, some of the poignancy is lost. Still, this is a wonderful tribute to the importance of compassion. Ray's paintings - sometimes baroque and glittering with gold, other times stiff Egyptian vistas, still other times bleak, Dickensian scenes - are transporting. (Kirkus Reviews)