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very adequate edition of Wilde's short tales
on 25 February 2012
I haven't regretted ordering this book. The edition by John Sloan is excellent. All of Oscar Wilde's tales are included. The first book of tales to be published in Wilde's lifetime was The Happy Prince and Other Tales, but here it appears second because the stories included in Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories were written earlier, and they appeared on periodicals. But the chosen chronological method of ordering the tales books allows us to appreciate fully the way in which the author's storytelling evolved and matured. The early stories are more humorous and lighthearted in tone, and gradually there is an increasing introduction of fairy tale motif and myth, culminating in the 'paradoxical Christian' prose poems included at the very end. Most people love Oscar Wilde's plays, but the people who knew him all remarked that his storytelling gifts were remarkable, and here is good proof. These stories are full with secrets and mysteries and suggestions, they are rooted in ancient tales but thoroughly modern in an style that is said to resemble Baudelaire and Flaubert.