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  • Mass Market Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Paperback edition (2 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140436936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140436938
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.7 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,755,057 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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OSCAR WILDE was born in Dublin in 1854. One of the greatest British writers ever, he wrote both novels and plays, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, De Profundis (both of which are available in Penguin Classics) and The Importance of Being Earnest. He died in Paris in 1900.

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Let me start by saying that I am a massive Wilde fan and I have read his complete works. I wouldn't buy this book but a friend gave it to me and I read it on the train yesterday.

I believe this book has been very badly -read unethically- marketed. It is a compilation of Wilde's aphorisms and quotes made by Alastair Rolfe. Rolfe's name is not mentioned on the cover or back cover but it is presented as if it was Wilde's work.

The only thing that sets it apart and makes it worth owning is the short introduction by Stephen Fry. Fry discusses his take on Wilde and the road that lead him to act the part of Wilde on what was probably the most important role of his career. It is an interesting little introduction that would worth being mentioned on the cover of the book as Fry analyses the complicated reception of Wilde in England. I was happy to read that part.

As for the main book: Wilde had an exceptional ability to turn on a phrase and his aphorisms are always a blast to read. But the penguin edition offers nothing new and exciting in collecting them. Even if you are not familiar with the work of Wilde you probably know most of the quotations anyway and I disagree with penguin's choice to cut and paste bits and pieces of an author's work and then sell it under the author's name without any clear note that this is a heavily abridged and random collage of the author's original work. They used the same technique on their journey's collection and I find it unethical. They exploit the fame of the original authors and present something so abridged, simplified and digestible that it has no value.

Oscar Wilde might have authored these aphorisms but this book has not been compiled by him. Penguin exploits here the name of Wilde and potentially obscures his reception.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2001
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Taken out of context Wilde's epigrams are very amusing, but this book is best viewed as a starting point, leading readers hopefully to go on to read Wilde's plays from which most of the quotes are culled. If read in large quantities they can become tiresome but if you're searching for a rude put-down, look no further.
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By Media Mogul on 17 Nov. 2011
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Nobody beats Wilde for the exquisite aphorism or put-down and this book is full of them. Essential for Wilde fans, after-dinner speakers and everyone who appreciates true wit.
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