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  • Hardcover: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (5 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840225505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840225501
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 5.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.
His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.

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“Stephen’s voice is so full of character and emotion that he brings these stories to life. And, obviously, they are read by a Great Britain (meant in every sense of the word), so Wilde’s stories are brought back where they belong and have been acceptedwith open arms”

“No one else could bring these stories to life like Stephen Fry. truly wonderful”

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on the 16th October 1854 and died on the 30th November 1900. He was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.


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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By h2g2 on 22 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb collection of the great Oscar Wilde's writings, containing all that he wrote; all of the plays, the poems, short stories, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', the essays, and 'De Profundis'.

If you want the complete works of the great 'lord of language', then I would highly recommend this compendium, and which for £8.99 is a very good buy.

The writing is also a moderate size, which is good, as some text in these sorts of collection's can be rather small, but the size of writing is good in this book.

Yes, this is basically a very good collection, which I would recommend very highly.

I hope that you have found this little review helpful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Jan 2014
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I love the Wordsworth Library Collection. Fantastic books. I love the thin paper with coloured pages. Great illustrations. Regarding Wilde, I have several copies of his collected works from different prints, he is that good.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE on 30 Mar 2010
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Having seen the other reviews, I was wary of this CD & thought it may prove to be a flat note in Stephen Fry's/ Oscar Wilde's repertoire. Happily both were on top form with Oscar Wilde writing some devilishly clever stories, with his protegee Stephen Fry giving just the right voice to do them justice.

All in all, there are 6 stories (including a story-within-a-story) at 15- 30 minutes a piece, so they are manageable in a long car journey/ walk.

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1) THE DEVOTED FRIEND

This story is the 'story-within-a-story' mentioned above. The main story is truly unique to Oscar Wilde's Victorian wit - a Duck with several duckling being reproached by a genteel Water-Rat for their lack of decorum!
A Green Linney overhears the conversation & tells them a story about two friends called Little Hans & the Miller. It turns out to be a very one sided friendship & the Miller manipulates Little Hans to do all manner of tasks in the name of friendship & the promise of a wheelbarrow.
I was expecting this story to be difficult & boring, but was surprised, as always, by Wilde's brilliance.

2) THE HAPPY PRINCE

I'd read this story before & found it almost poetic the second time. It is the sad, soulful tale of a Swallow & the gold-plated statue of a Prince. The Swallow wants to go off to Egypt, but is persuaded by the statue to distribute his gems & finery to the poor & needy at winter-time.
It struck me that this tale would make a great Christmas story alongside The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth & why it is not more popular is a mystery to me...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louba on 11 Mar 2014
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Great produce as expected bought for my mum and she loved it as at 92 she now finds reading difficult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spitfire on 26 Nov 2013
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This is the perfect combination of the gentle voice of Stephen Fry reading stories written by the great Oscar Wilde
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 6 Jun 2013
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Oscar Wilde is a favourite of mine so i just had to get this book and i was not disappointed! There is a certain wit and charm in his writing which is clever and unique. All of Oscar Wildes work in one nicely bound book, what more could you want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morgane on 29 April 2013
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A precious book, a real passionnate by the Ninetieth Century Irish Literature must have! A large choice of texts (theatreplays, tales, novels...).
A rare and sophisticated pleasure...
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Considering this book contains all the works of Oscar Wilde, it has a relatively small size without having a very small font, which is a relief. That's point one.
Point two: Oscar Wilde is a genius! His way of writing is really his own, you can see that in everything he wrote, from his personal letter De Profundis to any of his ficcion. He has a peculiar kind of humor, a very intelligent one, but one can still very easily relate to it. On the other hand, you may get some sort of Wilde fever and read a lot of his works in a row and then get a little tired of it. But from my experience, you get over that quick! ;)
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