One of comic art's most respected and pioneeringartists, well known for his opera adaptations andbeautiful fantasy work, P. Craig Russell retellsOscar Wilde's famous fairy tales in a series oflandmark volumes. In "The Selfish Giant", theeponymous creature kicks a bunch of frolickingyoungsters out of his garden, only to find thatfrosty winter moves in to take their place. "TheStar Child" depicts a beautiful but mean, terriblyvain boy who becomes physically repulsive when herebuffs a ragged beggar with a hidden identity...Artistic talent meets literary genius - magical.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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.