The Complete Short Stories

Author(s): Oscar Wilde (ed & intro John Sloan)


'Wilde did not converse - he told tales.' Oscar Wilde was already famous as a brilliant wit and raconteur when he first began to publish his short stories in the late 1880s. They have never lacked readers and admirers, George Orwell and W. B. Yeats among them. The stories give free rein to Wilde's originality, literary skill, and sophistication. They include poignant fairy-tales such as 'The Happy Prince' and 'The Selfish Giant', and the extravagant comedy and social observation of 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost'. They also encompass the daring narrative experiments of 'The Portrait of Mr. W. H.', Wilde's fictional investigation into the identity of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's sonnets, and the 'Poems in Prose', based on the Gospel stories. This edition demonstrates the centrality of Wilde's shorter fiction in his literary career, and his continuing development and experimentation with the short story format. Combining myth, romance, and irony, Wilde's stories enthral and challenge the reader. Contents: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime; The Sphinx without a Secret; The Canterville Ghost; The Happy Prince; The Nightingale and the Rose; The Selfish Giant; The Devoted Friend; The Remarkable Rocket; The Portrait of Mr. W. H; The Young King; The Birthday of the Infanta; The Fisherman and his Soul; The Star-Child; POEMS IN PROSE; The Artist; The Doer of Good; The Disciple; The Master; The House of Judgment; The Teacher of Wisdom; APPENDIX; From the Extended Version of 'The Portrait of Mr. W. H.' (1921) First published 1980 as Complete Shorter Fiction; this edition 2010.


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I defy anyone to read them and be unmoved. * Emily Labram, The Observer *

John Sloan is Fellow and Tutor in English, Harris Manchester College, Oxford.


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  • : 9780199535064
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : 0.216
  • : January 2010
  • : 20.00 cmmm X 19.60 cmmm X 1.50 cmmm
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : 288