The Portable Oscar Wilde

The Portable Oscar Wilde

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Includes the following works: Novels--The Portrait of Dorian Gray; Plays--Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest; Writings--De Profundis, Critic as Artist, and Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Very Young; and selections from Lady Windermere's Fan, An Ideal Husband, and A Woman of No Importance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 132 x 199 x 34mm | 514g
  • Viking Portable Library
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0140150935
  • 9780140150933
  • 858,909

Table of contents

Introduction by Richard Aldington and Stanley Weintraub
Some Dates in the Life of Oscar Wilde

The Critic as Artist

The Picture of Dorian Gray


The Importance of Being Earnest

De Profundis

Poems, Poems in Prose, and a Fairy Tale
From Ave Imperatrix
From The Burden of Itys
From Charmides
Symphony in Yellow
The Harlot's House
On the Sale by Auction of Keats' Love Letters
Portia: Written at the Lyceum Theatre
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
The Selfish Giant

From A Bevy of Poets
From Pleasing and Prattling
From A "Jolly" Art Critic
From A Cheap Edition of a Great Man
From The Poets' Corner, III
From The Poets' Corner, V
From Poetry and Prison

Letters from Oscar Wilde
to Mrs. George Lewis
to Mrs. Bernard Beere
to Robert H. Sherard
to Constance Lloyd Wilde
to the Editor of the Scots Observer
to Bernard Shaw
to the Editor of the Times
to Grace Hawthorne
to Lord Alfred Douglas
to Robert Ross
to Lord Alfred Douglas
to the Home Secretary
to Carlos Blacker
to Reginald Turner
to Leonard Smithers
to Robert Ross

Wildean Wit from the Other Comedies
I. From Lady Windermere's Fan
II. From A Woman of No Importance
III. From An Ideal Husband

Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young
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About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Stanley Weintraub is Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, and the author of numerous histories and biographies, including Silent Night.

Richard Aldington (1892-1962) was a founding poet of the Imagist movement and a novelist who conveyed the horror of war through his written works such as Death of a Hero. He was also known for his work as a translator, critic, and biographer. Aldington interrupted his writing career to serve in the British army during World War I.
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