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1.0 out of 5 stars An insult to Widle and Beardsley, 25 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Oscar Wilde: The Complete Works (Collector's Library) (Hardcover)
I don't think I need to rate Wilde's works or Beardsley's illustrations. I'm only rating the quality of this book, and wish I could give zero star!

I've been a keen reader of Wilde for more than 20 years and know his works well, but I haven't got a decent edition of his complete works. That's why I ordered this one as a treat to myself. How wrong I was!

Honestly I didn't go beyond the "Foreword", which was enough to put me off and I instantly filed for a refund.

The "Foreword" is only 2-pages long. On the first page of it, there are at least two typos: "in1891" instead of "in 1891", "D?cadents" instead of "Décadents"--I'm surprised with the second typo though as all the accent aigu signs in the "Contents" section are printed correctly--and at least one grammatical mistake: "travelled widely in the Britain" (where does the "the" come from?).

These are followed by more mistakes on the second and last page of the short "Foreword": "Salome" instead of "Salomé" (another accent aigu), "refused it license it" instead of "refused to", "within eighteen months the following the premiere of" (the author looks to be a big fan of "the"). Even the quote of Wilde's own words can go wrong: "We did not separate as a rule until till after midnight".

I don't know who David Stuart Davies, who penned the Foreword, is, but I was appalled by this factual mistake: "Lord Queensbury". Marquess, please!

The book is bulky, but the quality of the paper is so poor that the illustrations printed on the front side of the page can be seen from the back side, while the illustrations themselves are more often than not messed by the words on the other side.

In summary, this book is a disgrace! Don't buy it!
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Initial post: 23 Dec 2011 10:36:55 GMT
Spanzo says:
I assume you spelled 'Wilde' wrong in the title as an ironic joke. Thanks for the review, very good to know - sounds awful!
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