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Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: Centenary Edition [Hardcover]

Oscar Wilde
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Book Description

4 Oct 1999

The centennial edition of The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, the only truly complete and authoritative single-volume edition of Oscar Wilde’s works.

A new centennial edition of the bestselling Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: now published in a special hardback centennial edition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death, with a revision of The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s grandson.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Revised edition edition (4 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004723724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004723723
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.2 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,189,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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From the Back Cover

Continuously in print since 1948, the 'Collins Complete Works of Oscar Wilde' has long been established as the most comprehensive and authoritative single-volume collection of Wilde's work available, containing his only novel, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray,' as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters, all in their most authoritative texts.

This new illustrated edition, specially published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wilde's death, incorporates new revisions to the text of 'The Ballard of Reading Gaol.' The book includes introductions to each section by Merlin Holland (Oscar Wilde's grandson), Owen Dudley Edwards, Declan Kiberd and Terence Brown.

Also included is a comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Oscar Wilde, and a chronological table of his life and work.

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16, 1854, in Dublin. His parents were William (afterwards Sir William) Wilde, a renowned ear and eye surgeon, and Jane Francesca Wilde, who, under the name 'Sperenza', wrote political articles for the Young Ireland movement.

Oscar was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He became a leading light of the so-called 'Aesthetic Movement' (satirised by Gilbert and Sullivan in 'Patience') and was recognised as one of the leading wits of the age. Plays such as 'Lady Windermere's Fan' (1893) and 'The Importance of Being Ernest' (1895) established him as the most important contemporary dramatist; other great works included several children's stories, such as 'The Happy Prince and other Tales' (1888), his only novel 'The Portrait of Dorian Gray' (1891), and much important art criticism.

He was imprisoned for homosexuality in 1895, serving his time in Wandsworth Prison and Reading Gaol. His wife obtained legal a separation from him, and he never saw her or his two sons again. On his release in 1987, he settled in France, and died from cerebral meningitis in Paris, in 1900.

About the Author

Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde’s only grandson. He is a journalist and the author of ‘The Wilde Album’ and ‘Irish Peacock and Scarlet’ both also published by Fourth Estate.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilde for the masses 6 Mar 2009
By Ducky
Wilde's work is fantastic - witty and hilarious but he also had an amazing way of getting to the truth of things, especially when in the context of human behaviour. I'm afraid I feel the need to respond to Fredi's review stating that the price is an insult to Wilde's genious... Firstly, he is dead, so he won't be missing out and I'm pretty sure his works sell well enough that his family don't need to worry about that side either. Secondly, I personally am really pleased to see the price of this - to me it says that just about anyone can afford to have their own copy to enjoy, and to me that is fantastic - I'm reasonably sure that Wilde would agree with me. Wilde is one of the great authors in history, up there with the likes of Shakespeare, and I really believe that everyone should have access to this wonderful literature - so well done Amazon for bringing it to us so affordably!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works of true genius 18 Sep 1999
By Sonja
Wilde can not be beaten - whether it is his passionate poetry, witty plays or his masterpieces - 'The Picture of Dorian Grey' and the breathtaking letter "De Profundis". He is sensual and so human that one can not help but cry and laugh along with his work. His philosophy, doctrines and morals combine with a tremendous feel for the beautiful and entertaining to produce the most remarkable works. So much love and pain is evident in all his pieces that they do not only affect one as fascinating examples of art but are instead felt in one's life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De Profundis 9 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this a few days ago, and it had the abridged De Profundis, which was disappointing as it was the work I was most interested in.

On writing a review to tell others of this, Delphi contacted me to say they had amended it. After having got a refund, I bought it again and indeed, De Profundis is now on my Kindle in its unexpurgated form, released only after Bosie's death.

Many thanks Delphi. I am happy to upgrade my review to 5 stars, it now is the complete works I was looking for! Keep up the great service.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prose OK - poetry slapdash 31 Mar 2013
By Edelbee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this to replace another edition of Wilde's collected works produced by a rival e-publisher.

That version was not up to snuff due to the editing of the contents of the poetry section. The lines of the poems were broken up; words meandering, seemingly, across the page at random. This is a problem that is encountered with sickening regularity with e-versions of poetry. They are simply ported over in to e-format; the layout of the poetry being thrown out in the process and simply published in the mutilated format that the transition produces.

Some well known publishing houses are guilty of this slapdash work.

Delphi was not, until now, numbered amongst those guilty of this offence. I had purchased a number of their poetry collections in the past and had been well pleased with the solid production values of each of the collections that I had bought.

Imagine my horror therefore when I turned from the admittedly solid and well laid out prose section of this collection to look at the poetry at the tail end of the e-book.

The poems were in the exact same butchered state as those in the rival publication. The same errors were replicated in the same places; right down to the irritating lozenges with the insane question mark in the centre of them that pop up at the end of the lines like so many toadstools in a merde besplattered field.

This makes it impossible to read and enjoy the poems.

How could this have happened? I had thought Delphi to be above this sort of thing.

Are their production values falling off?

I have not as yet found anything to object to in the prose section. However working my way though that will be the work of many months.

I hope I will not be disappointed. Come on Delphi! You can do better than this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything a Wilde fan needs 6 Jun 2011
I got this book for my birthday because I'm a huge Oscar Wilde fan. It contains every single one of his works, including letters and poems, so it's an amazing buy and definitely worth it (the price is great too!!).
The only downfall is the font; it's too small! I find this one of the main trade-off's in Collins Classics. The price is great but the font is definitely too small and hard to read. I wish they would make it bigger because it becomes unbearable at times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works of Oscar Wilde 5 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It does what it says on the can. The Complete works of Oscar Wilde for under 2.00. I had it in book form several years ago but gave it to a friend in Bulgaria. Now I have it again. I may purchase the whole series of "Complete Works of" - excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful book 13 Oct 2011
By Glenn
I bought this for two reasons.

Firstly I am studying English literature at A level, and thought Oscar Wilde would be perfect for my wider reading I need for the course. However, I wasn't fully aware of all his creations, so I thought the best bet would be to get the collection of all his works!

Secondly, I've heard much about him, and have had a recent wish to read his poems especially. And I have found by reading this, his work is beautiful, well written, and a pleasure to read.

And contrary to what others have posted in their reviews, I haven't had a problem with the size of the text. I feel it is a comfortable font size to read, and if any bigger, the book would probably had to have been split into 2 seperate books.

All round, a definately good purchase.
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How can anyone not love Oscar Wilde, and all in one book, means can get rid of some older tatty books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very funny in an Oscar Wilde way. His grave in Paris has red lip marks on the gravestone from all the women kissing it!
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Oscar Wilde is a genius, and I'm so happy I now own everything he wrote. Great quality collection and easy to find which story you want.
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