Plays, Prose Writings and Poems (Hardcover)
He began writing fairy tales while working as editor of The Lady's World, and The Happy Prince was published in 1888. His first play, Vera, had been a failure, but in 1892 Lady Windermere's Fan was staged with great success. This was swiftly followed by three other enomously successful comedies, the most famous being The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Wilde died in France, aged only 46. His plays remain as popular today as ever before.
Although he read his fairy stories to his two young sons, he claimed they were ' . . . not for children, but for childlike people from eighteen to eighty'.
Introduction by Terry Eagleton
Oscar Wilde has been acknowledged as the wittiest writer in the English language. This collection proves that he was also one of the most versatile. Effortlessly achieved, each revealing a different aspect of his brilliance, all of the plays, prose writings, and poems gathered here support Wildes belief that entertainment provides the best kind of edification. The works gathered here include Wildes once-controversial and now classic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the rioutously (sic) comic plays The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermeres Fan, and the famous poem he wrote after being released from prison, The Ballad of Reading Gaol. This expanded new edition now includes the complete version of Wildes moving letter from prison, De Profundis, and his teasing parable about Shakespeare, The Portrait of Mr. W. H. Other notable included writings are the semi-comic mystery story Lord Arthurs Saviles Crime and the essay The Soul of Man Under Socialism.
|Genre||FICTION / Literary|
|Publisher Date||1991-11-01 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||1.25 lb|
|Series Name||Everyman's Library|
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