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The Complete Short Stories

The Complete Short Stories
 

Wilde's short fiction includes such masterpieces as 'The Happy Prince', 'The Selfish Giant', 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost', as well as the daring narrative experiments of 'The Portrait of Mr. W. H.' and 'Poems in Prose'. This edition shows how they cont... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780199535064
Barcode 9780199535064
Published 14 April 2010 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wilde, Oscar
Edited by Sloan, John
Series Oxford World's Classics
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ISBN-13 9780199535064
ISBN-10 019953506X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 14 April 2010
International Publication Date 14 January 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wilde, Oscar
Edited by Sloan, John
Series Oxford World's Classics
Category Fairy Tales, Fables & Traditional Stories
General & Literary Fiction
19th Century Fiction
Short Stories
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 216g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Short stories, English
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code 95027

Description of this Book

'Wilde did not converse - he told tales.' Oscar Wilde was already famous as a brilliant wit and raconteur when he first began to publish his short stories in the late 1880s. They have never lacked readers and admirers, George Orwell and W. B. Yeats among them. The stories give free rein to Wilde's originality, literary skill, and sophistication. They include poignant fairy-tales such as 'The Happy Prince' and 'The Selfish Giant', and the extravagant comedy and social observation of 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost'. They also encompass the daring narrative experiments of 'The Portrait of Mr. W. H.', Wilde's fictional investigation into the identity of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's sonnets, and the 'Poems in Prose', based on the Gospel stories. This edition demonstrates the centrality of Wilde's shorter fiction in his literary career, and his continuing development and experimentation with the short story format. Combining myth, romance, and irony, Wilde's stories enthral and challenge the reader.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review I defy anyone to read them and be unmoved. Emily Labram, The Observer
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

John Sloan is Fellow and Tutor in English, Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

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