The Happy Prince and Other Stories

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A haunting, magical fairy-tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (among others) The Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should. Each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoyed by children of every age. A perfect collection for children young and old, introduced by Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief.

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A haunting, magical fairy-tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (among others) The Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should. Each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoyed by children of every age. A perfect collection for children young and old, introduced by Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Young's haunting pastels illustrate the classic story of a bird and a golden statue who give all to help the poor. Ages 6-8. (June) 0
Children's Literature - Jody Little
This collection of short stories by Oscar Wilde includes favorites such as "The Happy Prince," "The Selfish Giant," "The Devoted Friend," and "The Nightingale and the Rose." An introduction by author, Markus Zusak, challenges readers to find their favorite tale and defend their reasons for the selection. Wilde's stories are filled with common themes such as selfishness, love, betrayal, beauty, and truth. The contrast of selfishness and love is shown by the devoted friend, Hans, who is willing to do anything for the cruel and selfish Miller. The beautiful nightingale in "The Nightingale and the Rose" gives his life for the young student in order that the student may find love. The beautiful Star Child must turn ugly in order to see the cruelty of his ways. Students reading these stories will find other common threads and writing techniques in Wilde's work, like the use of personification of weather and seasons and animals that talk. This new edition includes an author's guide, a who's who, discussion questions and ideas for student projects. Reviewer: Jody Little
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781507713471
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/27/2015
  • Pages: 58
  • Sales rank: 1,082,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He went to Trinity College, Dublin and then to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he began to propagandize the new Aesthetic (or 'Art for Art's Sake') Movement. Despite winning a first and the Newdigate Prize for Poetry, Wilde failed to obtain an Oxford scholarship, and was forced to earn a living by lecturing and writing for periodicals. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884, he tried to establish himself as a writer, but with little initial success. However, his three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince (1888), Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891) and A House of Pomegranates (1891), together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), gradually won him a reputation as a modern writer with an original talent, a reputation confirmed and enhanced by the phenomenal success of his Society Comedies - Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, all performed on the West End stage between 1892 and 1895. Success, however, was short-lived. In 1891 Wilde had met and fallen extravagantly in love with Lord Alfred Douglas. In 1895, when his success as a dramatist was at its height, Wilde brought an unsuccessful libel action against Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde lost the case and two trials later was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for acts of gross indecency. As a result of this experience he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. He was released from prison in 1897 and went into an immediate self-imposed exile on the Continent. He died in Paris in ignominy in 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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