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The Happy Prince and Other Tales (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) Hardcover – Oct 1995

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  • 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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,043,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Puffin Classics series is a perfect marriage of the old and the new. Enjoy some of the best books from the past and find out why and how they inspired some of the best writers of the present. - Julia Ecclesshare, Lovereading4kids' - Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. His three volumes of short fiction, including 'The Happy Prince', together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray 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, including Lady Windermere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde died in Paris in 1900. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sonj zoref on 18 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
Oscar Wilde tells the most beautiful heart warming childrens story ever told. this is a magical and compassionate story that will touch the heart of not only children, but parents as well. warning; last page will draw tears, guaranteed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard G on 22 Sept. 2010
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As soon as I saw this edition on a friend's bookshelf I wanted a copy for myself. Loved the cover colour and the repros of the picures inside. Liked the slightly offset type as well. Fantastic edition which for some strange reason was not available at Blackwells in Oxford. Woman there looked at me as if I was mad when I asked about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. V. Borsey on 6 Jan. 2012
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These nine short stories by Oscar Wilde are most wonderful. I have read them several times, at long intervals, and they never pale or lose their magic. I feel that the trgic life of the author is, in a way, reflected in these morality tales in that he obviously put a great deal of himself into his fiction. "The Birthday of the Infanta" is quite heartbreaking. Oscar originally told these tales to his own two young sons, Vyvyan and Cyril, but in my opinion they are not suitable for very young children as much of the point of the stories is rather advanced.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2001
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The happy prince was my favourite book when I was little and still is now. It is about a statue of a prince that died and he is always happy, one day a sparrow fell in love so didn't set off to Egypt with his fellow friends, when he set off later than the rest, he got tired and stayed under the statue for shelter. he notices the prince is crying and the prince tells him because he sees the poor and poorly people, so the sparrow helps the prince to try and make these people happy. I enjoyed the book and find it a moving tale.I recommended this book to all ages.
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I totally agree with all the other reviewers but want to add - which is why I am adding my recommendation here - my admiration for Anton Lesser's narration which I first heard on radio and was wonder struck.

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.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2012
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This Penguin 60s booklet contains four short stories written by Oscar Wilde for his own children: The Happy Prince, The Young King, The Devoted Friend and The Model Millionaire. In The Happy Prince, we earn that the prince of the title was always happy, enjoying life's pleasures, unaware of the pain and hardship in his town until he no longer had the power to do anything about it. That is, until a migrating swallow came along. In The Young King, we encounter a king with a love of finery, about to be crowned, clothed in the finest raiment, rubies for his crown of gold and pearls for his sceptre all the product of hard labour, suffering and death of his people. He is unaware of the suffering until it is shown to him in dreams, after which he teaches a lesson to his nobles. An excellent quote: "In war the strong make slaves of the weak and in peace the rich make slaves of the poor." In The Devoted Friend, a moral tale of a Miller and his friend, Little Hans, is told by a Linnet to a Water-rat, with predictable result. And in The Model Millionaire, a delightful fate awaits poor, romantic Hughie Erskine when he bestows his last pennies on a beggar. Charming tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady P on 11 Dec. 2011
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This is an enchanting anthology of stories that appeal to young and old alike .I bought this as a gift for a 53 year old friend !Very moving, sometimes dark - always thought provoking.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2001
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Oscar Wilde shows his skill in writing these simple, yet funny, moving and clever stories. Guaranteed to soften even the hardest heart.
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