The Complete Short Stories

Paperback | February 14, 2010

byOscar WildeEditorJohn Sloan

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'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, andsophistication. 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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'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, andsop...

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was a successful playwright of his day. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in 1891. Dr. John Sloan is Fellow and Tutor in English at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.02 inPublished:February 14, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953506X

ISBN - 13:9780199535064

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Table of Contents

Lord Arthur Savile's CrimeThe Sphinx without a SecretThe Canterville GhostThe Happy PrinceThe Nightingale and the RoseThe Selfish GiantThe Devoted FriendThe Remarkable RocketThe Portrait of Mr. W. H.The Young KingThe Birthday of the InfantaThe Fisherman and his SoulThe Star-ChildPoems in ProseThe ArtistThe Doer of GoodThe DiscipleThe MasterThe House of JudgmentThe Teacher of WisdomAppendix: From the Extended Version of 'The Portrait of Mr. W. H.' (1921)