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Complete Shorter Fiction (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Oscar Wilde , Isobel Murray
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5 Mar 1998 Oxford World's Classics
For the first time in one volume, this complete collection of all the short fiction Oscar Wilde published contains such social and literary parodies as "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and "The Canterville Ghost;" such well-known fairy tales as "The Happy Prince," "The Young King," and "The Fisherman and his Soul;" an imaginary portrait of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnets entitled "The Portrait of Mr. W.H.;" and the parables Wilde referred to as "Poems in Prose," including "The Artist," "The House of Judgment," and "The Teacher of Wisdom."

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (5 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192833766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192833761
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Superb one-volume collection of hard-to-find material."--Rakesh H. Solomon, Indiana University"Good balance between plays and prose, using well chosen texts. Very helpful notes. Ideal as a base text."--Nicholas Ranson, University of Akron

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of stories 22 May 2008
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Few authors write bittersweet short stories as Wilde does and there are some gems in here that have me in tears, especially The Canterville Ghost and The Happy Prince. The Portrait of Mr WH stands out as an interesting speculative look at a literary mystery and the nature of subjective belief in theories and how they can influence poeple's actions. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime rather reminded me of The Picture of Dorian Grey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 12 Aug 2009
This is a lovely edition of Wilde's shorter fiction. Apart from being slim and light enough to fit in your bag so great for reading when stuck on a bus going to work the crispness of his writing is timeless.

Re-reading his children's stories like the Happy Prince and The Nightingale is a joy but I love his poems which I had never read. A master of the throw away line and sarcasim you can see how he influenced a lot of his successors and is a good introduction to his work.

Please remember that if you are new to this era of writing that our language has evolved and words/phrases that he would have used freely are rightly no longer permissable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any collection 1 May 2006
By john b - Published on Amazon.com
I only came to this page to mark that I loved this book using the star system. Seeing that there is only one other review for this book I feel an obligation to write something more in its support. Maybe just telling you, the potential reader, this fact will tell at how much I like this book.

First off, if you've never read anything by Oscar Wilde before, this is a great place to start. He is a man who wrote in two extremes, though with many dimensions of those two: the very high and the very low. This book covers both of those poles in a complete way, giving the reader a feel of what the author can do with words.

Take the low pole, for example. The story 'The Nightingale and the Rose' will move you to tears if you're not careful to read it from a 'happy place'. It is a sad tale that observes love in a seemingly juvenile way (being that it is written as a fairy tale, something most modern audiences are not used to reading as adult literature and find themselves approaching with all their defenses down) but that handles it in such a way as to tilt our ready emotions into an abyss we are probably not ready to handle. Fairy tales are supposed to be about princesses, horses, and godmothers, right? "So what is this..?" We find ourselves asking at the end. It is genius.

To go to the other extreme of his work, try out 'Lord Arthur Saville's Crime' a story that begins with the title character finding himself caught up with a chiromancer (palm reader) who tells him that he is going to murder someone. The poor fellow, feeling that he cannot go forward with his engagement to a woman until this task is taken care of, goes about attempting to murder several unsuspecting characters. He does this knowing that it is his obligation, that he cannot possibly be happy until he has done what he must. I challenge you to read this and not laugh until you are red in the face.

Either extreme makes you think. The first story will have you questioning what love really is made of, looking inside of yourself to see to which extreme you gravitate. The latter story will have you wondering at fate versus destiny; which played its role in this story? I will not give away the ending but will tell you that you should spend some time pondering its conclusion.

Yet even in touching on these two stories I have but skimmed ever so lightly across what delights this book holds. Try the sinister implications found in the repetitions of 'The Fisherman and His Soul'. Laugh at the idiotic characterizations of Americans (I'm an American, for the record on this- yet it was still funny) in 'The Canterville Ghost'. Ponder on the parallels in the 'Poems Written in Prose' at the back of the book, each of which is like a short, succinct question to the reader.

Bottom line: I cannot recommend this book enough. I cannot recommend Oscar Wilde and his works enough.

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for lovers of Oscar and great literature 20 July 2001
By Veronica Obeso - Published on Amazon.com
Oscar Wilde is my favorite author and in my opinion one of the greatest writers to have ever lived.His magnificent stories can make you laugh out loud but they can also move you to tears.No library is complete without the writings of Oscar Wilde.And I highly recommend this book and anything else by Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde complete shorter fiction contains all of Oscar Wildes fairy tales.And it also contains his short stories and some poems.
The fairy tales collected in this volume are "The Nightingale and The Rose" and "The Selfish Giant" and "The Happy Prince".The aforementioned tales happen to be my absolute favorites.The are among the most beautiful stories I have ever read and they will truly touch your heart.Other fairy tales in this book are "The Devoted Friend" and "The Remarkable Rocket".
The short stories in this collection include" Lord Arthur Savile`s Crime "and "The Sphinx Without a Secret".And also "The Canterville Ghost" and "The Model Millionaire"."The Canterville Ghost" is absolutely hilarious and yet at the same time very touching.
Other stories contained in this book are "The Young King" "The Birthday Of Infanta" and "The Fisherman and his Soul "and also "The Star Child"."The Birthday Of Infanta" will truly break your heart and "The Fisherman and his Soul" is also a very touching story.
The poems in this book include The Artist, The Doer of Good,The Disciple, "The Master" and "The House Of Judgement" and "The Teacher of Wisdom".
I highly recommend this book and if you haven`t read any of these stories treat yourself to this book you won`t be sorry.
5.0 out of 5 stars but loved it! Some of my favorites being "The Happy ... 14 July 2014
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Had to read it for class, but loved it! Some of my favorites being "The Happy Prince" and "The Birthday of the Infanta".
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