The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories [NOOK Book]

Overview

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 and died in Paris in 1900 at the age of 46. In between lay a meteoric career.

He was in his late thirties when he took London by storm. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY gave him a glittering reputation when, at 41, in the scandal of the century, he was sent to prison for two years for homosexual conduct. He died five years later, alone, and in obscurity.

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Overview

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 and died in Paris in 1900 at the age of 46. In between lay a meteoric career.

He was in his late thirties when he took London by storm. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY gave him a glittering reputation when, at 41, in the scandal of the century, he was sent to prison for two years for homosexual conduct. He died five years later, alone, and in obscurity.

His short stories, all published early in his career, are of two kinds, both represented in this collection: witty social comedies like "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime," and profoundly imaginative fairy tales such as "The Happy Prince."

A celebrated and feared English ghost is outraged when the new American owners of his haunting place refuse to take him seriously and actually fight back against him.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Lovers of Oscar Wilde's stories will delight in this new illustrated version of The Canterville Ghost if the picture book format does not keep them from finding it. Wilde's story of an American family who moves into Canterville Chase and annoys a weary ghost with their lack of belief in him is a wry commentary on the ways of British nobility and of their hard-headed American cousins. Like many of Wilde's tales, this one is filled with sophisticated allusions to his social and political milieu, but ends as sentimental romance. Zwerger's wry pictures highlight this tone beautifully. Her toothless ghost is round and comical, as would suit a ghost whom no one fears, and her heroine, Virginia, is young and sweetly boyish. All of the illustrations are set against misty gray watercolor backgrounds except for the climactic scene, echoed on the front cover, in which the tiny huntsmen on the wallpaper call out to Virginia to ``Go Back.'' This will make a fine read-aloud for audiences of secondary students who are prepared to savor Wilde's ironic humor and Zwerger's delicate watercolors. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Janice Del Negro
The second volume in a series of comic book adaptations of Wilde's tales [see BKL Ja 15 93 for previous volume] gives "The Young King" and "The Remarkable Rocket" the Marvel-DC treatment. In elaborate underground "comix" style, Russell reintroduces the tales with an accessible if nontraditional approach to picture-book illustration and better-than-average adaptations of the original texts. Whether you believe circulating comics in the library is appropriate or not, this full-color book won't stay on the shelf for long, and it may well attract readers to a genre they might not usually find appealing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420924794
  • Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
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    1. Also Known As:
      Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 16, 1854
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 30, 1900
    2. Place of Death:
      Paris, France

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

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    Great classic!  Thanks to social media, I was recently reminded

    Great classic! 

    Thanks to social media, I was recently reminded of one of my favorite movies as a kid, The Canterville Ghost. I read the book when I was younger but really couldn’t remember much about it so I decided to curl up with it one afternoon and reread it. At 126 pages, it took me no time at all and I forgot how much I enjoyed the story. Geared toward a younger audience, the story is about a crotchety old ghost who takes great pleasure in scaring the tenants, maids, and visitors. He’d been quite successful for the 300 years he ambled the halls until an American family moved into the British manor and gave him a run for his money, and ultimately helping him find peace.




    ¿When I was a kid I remember thinking how funny it was that the children in the family were playing tricks on the ghost and how miserable he was. It never occurred to me that the book was actually a social satire that mocked Americans for their brash and rude behavior. For 300 years, Sir Simon de Canterville had been horrifying the good and proper Englishmen who resided in his home. Then the Americans show up and turn the tables on their resident ghost. The younger twins throw pillows at him while the adults treat him with indifference, all of which are infuriating to the ghost. The only beacon of light in the family is the elder daughter, Virginia, who takes pity on the chained ghost and ultimately helps him.




    Naturally, I immediately went to find the movie that I so loved as a kid when I finished the book. I had no idea that there were so many different versions. My favorite version is the 1985 TV movie with Richard Kiley, Brian Austin Green, and Kellie Martin…. but apparently it was trumped in YouTube popularity by the 1986 version with Alyssa Milano. So while I can’t find any clips of the one I so dearly loved, I did find this cheesy gem of a video of Alyssa Milano as the adorable Jennifer (who is actually Virginia, but we know which name was more popular in 1986). And is it just me, or does she remind you of Emma Watson?

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Ghost of a Sphinx for the Millionaire's Crime

    I really enjoyed all the short stories in this book. Wilde has such a great writing style. Just enough suspense and development to keep a reader truly interested in the tale. The stories will make you laugh out loud, look over your shoulder and wonder why no one seems to write like this anymore. A must read!

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