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The Fairy Stories of Oscar Wilde Hardcover – 26 Aug 1976


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (26 Aug. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575021705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575021709
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,904,012 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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Like Andersen, Wilde is best when he is winking at the adult over the child's shoulder. Among this insipid company The Remarkable Rocket gleams wickedly. Among other mots it's the origin of that unedifying phrase about work being for those with nothing better to do. One cannot help in the end feeling sympathy for said rocket, a horrid cross between the Red Queen and Lady Bracknell - a moral tale indeed, like the best fables, but probably not for children. The only time the feeble pictures momentarily flicker into life is with the appearance of Death on page 108
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