- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Everyman's Library (Oct. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679444734
- ISBN-13: 978-0679444732
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.2 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,532,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Happy Prince and Other Tales (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) Hardcover – Oct 1995
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About the Author
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He went to Trinity College, Dublin and then to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he began to propagandize the new Aesthetic (or 'Art for Art's Sake') Movement.
Despite winning a first and the Newdigate Prize for Poetry, Wilde failed to obtain an Oxford scholarship, and was forced to earn a living by lecturing and writing for periodicals. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884, he tried to establish himself as a writer, but with little initial success. However, his three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince (1888), Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891) and A House of Pomegranates (1891), together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), gradually won him a reputation as a modern writer with an original talent, a reputation confirmed and enhanced by the phenomenal success of his Society Comedies - Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, all performed on the West End stage between 1892 and 1895.
Success, however, was short-lived. In 1891 Wilde had met and fallen extravagantly in love with Lord Alfred Douglas. In 1895, when his success as a dramatist was at its height, Wilde brought an unsuccessful libel action against Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde lost the case and two trials later was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for acts of gross indecency. As a result of this experience he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. He was released from prison in 1897 and went into an immediate self-imposed exile on the Continent. He died in Paris in ignominy in 1900.
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I also have the Gielgud version of the stories on 2 CDs from Nimbus - and while Gielgud can't be touched in Shakespeare, where he did much and many fine readings for Caedmon (Harper-Collins as it is now) but Anton Lesser is far more accomplished in these simple direct tales. I also think the music selections are more appropriate - in particular the choice of Tchaikovsky's broken heart music from his Serenade for Strings mirrors sensitively the story of the golden hearted prince.
Long practice and hard work conveying and bringing to life the Victorian world of Charles Dickens' novels and characters has burnished his voice and characterisations across a wide range so he can fearlessly and effortlessly bring out the different voices in Oscar Wilde's tales. All this experience in simple direct story telling pays off handsomely.
Above all this, there is in Lesser's voice a burning sincerity, and enthusiasm in his narration, whereas Gielgud seems to me to be rather veiled and reticent - even distant and disinterested. Certainly there is a far greater tone of commitment in Lesser's work.
This version is the one to get - and its down to the art and artistry of Anton and the genius of Oscar. Totally enchanting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every time I read the happy prince I cry my eyes out, my daughter also loves this book, highly recommend for allPublished 5 months ago by MRS CAROL L MORRISSEY
Again this is a classic, my grandchildren love it, I wish I had bought
the illustrated edition.
excellent stories, you will never be disappointed and a good addition to any collection, very moving and funny in partsPublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by pam o'connor
Love these stories by a great story teller, bought copies for my daughters to read because I enjoyed them so much. This is a cheap but well produced edition.Published on 16 Jan. 2013 by Bbe is me
Gave it to my 10 year old to listen to at night
It gave her nightmares, have now asked around,
its a very sweet story, but also very sad
Bought this for the grumpy giant story which is beautiful, the bonus is the other stories and this version is greatPublished on 5 Dec. 2012 by Jeff Jenions