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Includes the following works: Novels—The Portrait of Dorian Gray; Plays—Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest; Writings—De Profundis, Critic as Artist, and Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Very Young; and selections from Lady Windermere's Fan, An Ideal Husband, and A Woman of No Importance.
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.
Stanley Weintraub is Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, and the author of numerous histories and biographies, including Silent Night.
Richard Aldington (1892-1962) was a founding poet of the Imagist movement and a novelist who conveyed the horror of war through his written works such as Death of a Hero. He was also known for his work as a translator, critic, and biographer. Aldington interrupted his writing career to serve in the British army during World War I.
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 by Richard Aldington and Stanley Weintraub
Some Dates in the Life of Oscar Wilde
The Critic as Artist
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Importance of Being Earnest
Poems, Poems in Prose, and a Fairy Tale
From Ave Imperatrix
From The Burden of Itys
Symphony in Yellow
The Harlot's House
On the Sale by Auction of Keats' Love Letters
Portia: Written at the Lyceum Theatre
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
The Selfish Giant
From A Bevy of Poets
From Pleasing and Prattling
From A "Jolly" Art Critic
From A Cheap Edition of a Great Man
From The Poets' Corner, III
From The Poets' Corner, V
From Poetry and Prison
Letters from Oscar Wilde
to Mrs. George Lewis to Mrs. Bernard Beere to Robert H. Sherard to Constance Lloyd Wilde to the Editor of the Scots Observer
to Bernard Shaw to the Editor of the Times
to Grace Hawthorne to Lord Alfred Douglas to Robert Ross to Lord Alfred Douglas to the Home Secretary to Carlos Blacker to Reginald Turner to Leonard Smithers to Robert Ross
Wildean Wit from the Other Comedies
I. From Lady Windermere's Fan
II. From A Woman of No Importance
III. From An Ideal Husband
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young