The Canterville Ghost

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This is the humorous tale of a malevolent English ghost who discovers there is no peace for the wicked when a rambunctious American family moves into his ancestral home. The Canterville Ghost is among the many stories Oscar Wilde wrote as a young man wherein a child enlightens an adult.

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...

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Overview

This is the humorous tale of a malevolent English ghost who discovers there is no peace for the wicked when a rambunctious American family moves into his ancestral home. The Canterville Ghost is among the many stories Oscar Wilde wrote as a young man wherein a child enlightens an adult.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492320616
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/5/2013
  • Pages: 58
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), notorious for his flamboyant and unorthodox lifestyle, is best remembered for the theatrical masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Biography

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16, 1854, to an intellectually prominent Dublin family. His father, Sir William Wilde, was a renowned physician who was knighted for his work as medical adviser to the 1841 and 1851 Irish censuses; his mother, Lady Jane Francesca Elgee, was a poet and journalist. Wilde showed himself to be an exceptional student. While at the Royal School in Enniskillen, he took First Prize in Classics. He continued his studies at Trinity College, Dublin, on scholarship, where he won high honors, including the Demyship Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford.

At Oxford, Wilde engaged in self-discovery, through both intellectual and personal pursuits. He fell under the influence of the aesthetic philosophy of Walter Pater, a tutor and author who inspired Wilde to create art for the sake of art alone. It was during these years that Wilde developed a reputation as an eccentric and a foppish dresser who always had a flower in his lapel. Wilde won his first recognition as a writer when the university awarded him the Newdigate Prize for his poem "Ravenna."

Wilde went from Oxford to London, where he published his first volume of verse, Poems, in 1881. From 1882 to 1884, he toured the United States, Ireland, and England, giving a series of lectures on Aestheticism. In America, between speaking engagements, he met some of the great literary minds of the day, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Walt Whitman. His first play, Vera, was staged in New York but did poorly. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884 and the birth of his two sons, Wilde began to make his way into London's theatrical, literary, and homosexual scenes. He published Intentions, a collection of dialogues on aesthetic philosophy, in 1891, the year he met Lord Alfred Douglas, who became his lover and his ultimate downfall. Wilde soon produced several successful plays, including Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) and A Woman of No Importance (1893). Wilde's popularity was short-lived, however. In 1894, during the concurrent runs of his plays An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, he became the subject of a homosexual scandal that led him to withdraw all theater engagements and declare bankruptcy. Urged by many to flee the country rather than face a trial in which he would surely be found guilty, Wilde chose instead to remain in England. Arrested in 1895 and found guilty of "homosexual offenses," Wilde was sentenced to two years hard labor and began serving time in Wandsworth prison. He was later transferred to the detention center in Reading Gaol, where he composed De Profundis, a dramatic monologue written as a letter to Lord Alfred Douglas that was published in 1905. Upon his release, Wilde retreated to the Continent, where he lived out the rest of his life under a pseudonym. He published his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, in 1898 while living in exile.

During his lifetime, Wilde was most often the center of controversy. The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was serialized in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890 and published in book form the next year, is considered to be Wilde's most personal work. Scrutinized by critics who questioned its morality, the novel portrays the author's internal battles and arrives at the disturbing possibility that "ugliness is the only reality." Oscar Wilde died penniless, of cerebral meningitis, in Paris on November 30, 1900. He is buried in Paris's Père Lachaise Cemetery.

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To make ends meet, Wilde edited the popular ladies' periodical Woman's Day from 1887 to 1889.

When in exile on the Continent, Wilde was forced to live under the alias Sebastian Melmoth.

It is rumored that Wilde's last written words were found in his journal, left behind in the Left Bank flophouse where he died: "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has got to go."

Wilde is buried in the Paris cemetery of Père Lachaise; there, he keeps company with other famous artists, including Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Brilliant!

    This book haunted my childhood. Macabre and funny at the same time. Utterly brilliant.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Charming old story for Oscar Wilde fans

    This story is dated but humorous and charming. I enjoyed re-reading it, and recommend it for Oscar Wilde fans. It is not fast-moving in the way of a modern thriller, but it doesn't get bogged down. It is a short read. I think if you like Oscar Wilde's writing, you'll enjoy this story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Sir Simon's short story

    There are multiple adaptations of this story, but reading the original piece surprised me. Most adaptations explain how Sir Simon's wife met her end as well as what happened to Virginia when she went through the wall with him, but the written piece explains neither. I found that it was over with too quickly. Still, it is an entertaining little tale worth the hour or so that it takes to read.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    This story may be short, but it is highly amusing. I did not exp

    This story may be short, but it is highly amusing. I did not experience a single second of boredom when reading this. I felt so sorry for the poor ghost, having to deal with obnoxious Americans who refused to pay him the respect he deserved. This entertaining tale from Oscar Wilde is definitely worth reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Loved this book.

    I have also seen the movie, but I must admit I think I enjoyed the book more. Check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Spine chilling

    I luv dis book as i do with oder scary books

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    Posted January 9, 2013

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    Saw the movie years ago. Loved it . The book is FANTASTIC!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Great Read

    I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Highly Recommended- loved it!

    I'm so glad that I read this amazing story.

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