Complete Short Fiction

Complete Short Fiction

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Overview

The complete short stories of the masterful Irish writer

Fairy tales, ghost stories, detective fiction and comedies of manners—the stories collected in this volume made Oscar Wilde's name as a writer of fiction, showing breathtaking dexterity in a wide range of literary styles. Victorian moral justice is comically inverted in "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and "The Canterville Ghost," and society's materialism comes under sharp, humorous criticism in "The Model Millionaire," while "The Happy Prince" and "The Nightingale and the Rose" are hauntingly melancholic in their magical evocations of selfless love. These small masterpieces convey the brilliance of Wilde's vision, exploring complex moral issues through an elegant juxtaposition of wit and sentiment.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141439693
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprinted & Revised
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,121,367
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Date of Birth:

October 16, 1854

Date of Death:

November 30, 1900

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Paris, France

Education:

The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Further Reading xxix
A Note on the Texts xxxiii
The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888)
1(46)
The Happy Prince
3(9)
The Nightingale and the Rose
12(7)
The Selfish Giant
19(5)
The Devoted Friend
24(11)
The Remarkable Rocket
35(12)
The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1889)
47(34)
A House of Pomegranates (1891)
81(84)
The Young King
83(14)
The Birthday of the Infant
97(18)
The Fisherman and his Soul
115(34)
The Star-Child
149(16)
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories (1891)
165(76)
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
167(33)
The Sphinx Without a Secret
200(6)
The Canterville Ghost
206(29)
The Model Millionaire
235(6)
Poems in Prose (1894)
241(14)
The Artist
243(1)
The Doer of Good
244(2)
The Disciple
246(1)
The Master
247(1)
The House of Judgment
248(2)
The Teacher of Wisdom
250(5)
Appendix 255(12)
'Elder-tree' (fragment)
256(1)
For Love of the King
257(10)
Notes 267

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