ISBN 9780141439693,Complete Short Fiction

Complete Short Fiction

Author:

Oscar

,

Wilde

Publisher:

Penguin Books

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ISBN 9780141439693
Publisher

Penguin Books

Publication Year 2003
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780141439693

ISBN-10 0141439696
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 279 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

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. This edition includes the complete texts of Wilde's three volumes of short fiction, together with 'The Portrait of Mr W. H.' Ian Small's introduction discusses Wilde's life, the cultural and literary background to his fiction and the complex ways in which it can be read.

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