Complete Shorter Fiction (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 5 Mar 1998
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"Superb one-volume collection of hard-to-find material."--Rakesh H. Solomon, Indiana University"Good balance between plays and prose, using well chosen texts. Very helpful notes. Ideal as a base text."--Nicholas Ranson, University of Akron "Superb one-volume collection of hard-to-find material."--Rakesh H. Solomon, Indiana University "Good balance between plays and prose, using well chosen texts. Very helpful notes. Ideal as a base text."--Nicholas Ranson, University of Akron "Superb one-volume collection of hard-to-find material."--Rakesh H. Solomon, Indiana University "Good balance between plays and prose, using well chosen texts. Very helpful notes. Ideal as a base text."--Nicholas Ranson, University of Akron "Superb one-volume collection of hard-to-find material."--Rakesh H. Solomon, Indiana University"Good balance between plays and prose, using well chosen texts. Very helpful notes. Ideal as a base text."--Nicholas Ranson, University of Akron
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Re-reading his children's stories like the Happy Prince and The Nightingale is a joy but I love his poems which I had never read. A master of the throw away line and sarcasim you can see how he influenced a lot of his successors and is a good introduction to his work.
Please remember that if you are new to this era of writing that our language has evolved and words/phrases that he would have used freely are rightly no longer permissable.
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First off, if you've never read anything by Oscar Wilde before, this is a great place to start. He is a man who wrote in two extremes, though with many dimensions of those two: the very high and the very low. This book covers both of those poles in a complete way, giving the reader a feel of what the author can do with words.
Take the low pole, for example. The story 'The Nightingale and the Rose' will move you to tears if you're not careful to read it from a 'happy place'. It is a sad tale that observes love in a seemingly juvenile way (being that it is written as a fairy tale, something most modern audiences are not used to reading as adult literature and find themselves approaching with all their defenses down) but that handles it in such a way as to tilt our ready emotions into an abyss we are probably not ready to handle. Fairy tales are supposed to be about princesses, horses, and godmothers, right? "So what is this..?" We find ourselves asking at the end. It is genius.
To go to the other extreme of his work, try out 'Lord Arthur Saville's Crime' a story that begins with the title character finding himself caught up with a chiromancer (palm reader) who tells him that he is going to murder someone. The poor fellow, feeling that he cannot go forward with his engagement to a woman until this task is taken care of, goes about attempting to murder several unsuspecting characters. He does this knowing that it is his obligation, that he cannot possibly be happy until he has done what he must. I challenge you to read this and not laugh until you are red in the face.
Either extreme makes you think. The first story will have you questioning what love really is made of, looking inside of yourself to see to which extreme you gravitate. The latter story will have you wondering at fate versus destiny; which played its role in this story? I will not give away the ending but will tell you that you should spend some time pondering its conclusion.
Yet even in touching on these two stories I have but skimmed ever so lightly across what delights this book holds. Try the sinister implications found in the repetitions of 'The Fisherman and His Soul'. Laugh at the idiotic characterizations of Americans (I'm an American, for the record on this- yet it was still funny) in 'The Canterville Ghost'. Ponder on the parallels in the 'Poems Written in Prose' at the back of the book, each of which is like a short, succinct question to the reader.
Bottom line: I cannot recommend this book enough. I cannot recommend Oscar Wilde and his works enough.
Oscar Wilde complete shorter fiction contains all of Oscar Wildes fairy tales.And it also contains his short stories and some poems.
The fairy tales collected in this volume are "The Nightingale and The Rose" and "The Selfish Giant" and "The Happy Prince".The aforementioned tales happen to be my absolute favorites.The are among the most beautiful stories I have ever read and they will truly touch your heart.Other fairy tales in this book are "The Devoted Friend" and "The Remarkable Rocket".
The short stories in this collection include" Lord Arthur Savile`s Crime "and "The Sphinx Without a Secret".And also "The Canterville Ghost" and "The Model Millionaire"."The Canterville Ghost" is absolutely hilarious and yet at the same time very touching.
Other stories contained in this book are "The Young King" "The Birthday Of Infanta" and "The Fisherman and his Soul "and also "The Star Child"."The Birthday Of Infanta" will truly break your heart and "The Fisherman and his Soul" is also a very touching story.
The poems in this book include The Artist, The Doer of Good,The Disciple, "The Master" and "The House Of Judgement" and "The Teacher of Wisdom".
I highly recommend this book and if you haven`t read any of these stories treat yourself to this book you won`t be sorry.
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