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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.
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on 15 May 2017
A very clever author, I have always enjoyed his plays and short stories
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on 5 May 2017
OK
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on 27 April 2017
glad i read it
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on 27 April 2017
Enjoyed it - it was easier to read on kindle!!
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on 22 January 2013
this book of Wilde's short stories is just simply magical, a real page turner. each story has its own enchanting and profound message. Ideal for adults and children alike. I recommend everyone acquaint themselves with little known Oscar Wilde short stories, especially The Happy Prince
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on 15 March 2017
An excellent collection at a good price
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on 16 August 2014
Very dated...once I have finished reading....may never read it again...
Read in the 21st century one realises that Oscar Wilde was quite prejudicial....
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on 11 March 2012
fabulous stories for young and old reaching across boundaries and having something for everyone, a wit and humour ahesd of his time, yet remaining accessable to all in his simplicity.
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on 18 March 2015
Brilliant little volume of Wilde masterpieces, even both versions of Salome English and the French. Refreshing to read other work from the masters pen, rather than the usual plays, good though they are.
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