Hot Best Seller

Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (Delphi Classics)

Availability: Ready to download

Features: * annotated with introductions to the plays, novel and other texts * features many images relating to Wilde, his life and works * illustrated with images of how the books first appeared, giving your kindle a taste of the Victorian texts * ALL of the plays, with excellent formatting * BOTH Wilde’s original French version of 'Salome' and Lord Douglas' (his lover) transl Features: * annotated with introductions to the plays, novel and other texts * features many images relating to Wilde, his life and works * illustrated with images of how the books first appeared, giving your kindle a taste of the Victorian texts * ALL of the plays, with excellent formatting * BOTH Wilde’s original French version of 'Salome' and Lord Douglas' (his lover) translation in English - available in no other digital collection * two rare unfinished plays * ALL of the short stories with the original beautiful illustrations * BOTH versions of 'Dorian Gray' – the original magazine version and the original book version with extra chapters, all with separate contents tables * the COMPLETE poetry, with special Chronological and Alphabetical contents tables – find that special poem quickly! * Every non-fiction essay – even the rare ones Wilde wrote in prison * the rare erotic novel ‘Teleny’ attributed to Wilde, but now classed as apocryphal –judge for yourself – did Wilde have a hand in writing this rare text? * ALL of the short stories and short story collections * boasts three biographical works exploring Wilde's life, including the famous two volume OSCAR WILDE, HIS LIFE AND CONFESSIONS by FRANK HARRIS * scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres * features the complete and unabridged version of DE PROFUNDIS, often missed out of collections * UPDATED with rare non-fiction texts. * UPDATED with a special Journalism section, featuring Wilde's reviews and articles. This is the COMPLETE WORKS of the great literary giant Oscar Wilde, with every play - even the very rare ones - poem, essay and much, much more! Please note: we aim to provide the most comprehensive author collections available to Kindle readers. Sadly, it’s not always possible to guarantee an absolutely ‘complete’ works, due to copyright restrictions or the scarcity of minor works. However, we do ensure our customers that every possible major text and a wealth of other material are included. We are dedicated to developing and enhancing our eBooks, which are available as free updates for customers who have already purchased them. CONTENTS The Plays VERA THE DUCHESS OF PADUA LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE SALOMÉ SALOME (ENGLISH VERSION) AN IDEAL HUSBAND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST LA SAINTE COURTISANE A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY The Poetry THE COMPLETE POETRY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER THE COMPLETE POETRY IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY THE ORIGINAL 13 CHAPTER VERSION THE REVISED 20 CHAPTER VERSION The Short Stories THE PORTRAIT OF MR. W. H. THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME AND OTHER STORIES The Non-Fiction THE DECAY OF LYING PEN, PENCIL AND POISON — A STUDY IN GREEN THE CRITIC AS ARTIST THE TRUTH OF MASKS THE RISE OF HISTORICAL CRITICISM THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE OF ART HOUSE DECORATION ART AND THE HANDICRAFTSMAN LECTURE TO ART STUDENTS LONDON MODELS POEMS IN PROSE THE SOUL OF MAN UNDER SOCIALISM PHRASES AND PHILOSOPHIES FOR THE USE OF THE YOUNG A FEW MAXIMS FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF THE OVER-EDUCATED DE PROFUNDIS OSCAR WILDE'S LETTER TO ROBERT BROWNING PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA THE DECORATIVE ARTS THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL THE TRUTH OF MASKS &l


Compare

Features: * annotated with introductions to the plays, novel and other texts * features many images relating to Wilde, his life and works * illustrated with images of how the books first appeared, giving your kindle a taste of the Victorian texts * ALL of the plays, with excellent formatting * BOTH Wilde’s original French version of 'Salome' and Lord Douglas' (his lover) transl Features: * annotated with introductions to the plays, novel and other texts * features many images relating to Wilde, his life and works * illustrated with images of how the books first appeared, giving your kindle a taste of the Victorian texts * ALL of the plays, with excellent formatting * BOTH Wilde’s original French version of 'Salome' and Lord Douglas' (his lover) translation in English - available in no other digital collection * two rare unfinished plays * ALL of the short stories with the original beautiful illustrations * BOTH versions of 'Dorian Gray' – the original magazine version and the original book version with extra chapters, all with separate contents tables * the COMPLETE poetry, with special Chronological and Alphabetical contents tables – find that special poem quickly! * Every non-fiction essay – even the rare ones Wilde wrote in prison * the rare erotic novel ‘Teleny’ attributed to Wilde, but now classed as apocryphal –judge for yourself – did Wilde have a hand in writing this rare text? * ALL of the short stories and short story collections * boasts three biographical works exploring Wilde's life, including the famous two volume OSCAR WILDE, HIS LIFE AND CONFESSIONS by FRANK HARRIS * scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres * features the complete and unabridged version of DE PROFUNDIS, often missed out of collections * UPDATED with rare non-fiction texts. * UPDATED with a special Journalism section, featuring Wilde's reviews and articles. This is the COMPLETE WORKS of the great literary giant Oscar Wilde, with every play - even the very rare ones - poem, essay and much, much more! Please note: we aim to provide the most comprehensive author collections available to Kindle readers. Sadly, it’s not always possible to guarantee an absolutely ‘complete’ works, due to copyright restrictions or the scarcity of minor works. However, we do ensure our customers that every possible major text and a wealth of other material are included. We are dedicated to developing and enhancing our eBooks, which are available as free updates for customers who have already purchased them. CONTENTS The Plays VERA THE DUCHESS OF PADUA LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE SALOMÉ SALOME (ENGLISH VERSION) AN IDEAL HUSBAND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST LA SAINTE COURTISANE A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY The Poetry THE COMPLETE POETRY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER THE COMPLETE POETRY IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY THE ORIGINAL 13 CHAPTER VERSION THE REVISED 20 CHAPTER VERSION The Short Stories THE PORTRAIT OF MR. W. H. THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME AND OTHER STORIES The Non-Fiction THE DECAY OF LYING PEN, PENCIL AND POISON — A STUDY IN GREEN THE CRITIC AS ARTIST THE TRUTH OF MASKS THE RISE OF HISTORICAL CRITICISM THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE OF ART HOUSE DECORATION ART AND THE HANDICRAFTSMAN LECTURE TO ART STUDENTS LONDON MODELS POEMS IN PROSE THE SOUL OF MAN UNDER SOCIALISM PHRASES AND PHILOSOPHIES FOR THE USE OF THE YOUNG A FEW MAXIMS FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF THE OVER-EDUCATED DE PROFUNDIS OSCAR WILDE'S LETTER TO ROBERT BROWNING PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA THE DECORATIVE ARTS THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL THE TRUTH OF MASKS &l

30 review for Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (Delphi Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    leynes

    Almost three years and 1,270 pages later I'm finally marking this as read, what a surreal feeling. I cannot believe that I have read every single word of Oscar's published writing. I know, they're are still many private letters left for me to discover but, you guys, I did it. I am proud of myself and I am proud of my trash son. I don't think I'll ever love an author as much as I love Oscar. Here's to the man who believed when he died that his name would be toxic for generations to come. For hund Almost three years and 1,270 pages later I'm finally marking this as read, what a surreal feeling. I cannot believe that I have read every single word of Oscar's published writing. I know, they're are still many private letters left for me to discover but, you guys, I did it. I am proud of myself and I am proud of my trash son. I don't think I'll ever love an author as much as I love Oscar. Here's to the man who believed when he died that his name would be toxic for generations to come. For hundreds of years his works wouldn't be read. He would stand for nothing but perversion; utter disgust of a society that couldn't bear people like him. Oh, how wrong you were, my darling child. You're still one of the most read authors in the 21th century and we all love and appreciate you very much. They even had to lock up your sarcophagus because people wouldn't stop kissing it. I wish I could wake you up for five minutes to tell you that, then you could go back to sleep again. <3 And because I am a good hoe and gracious queen I will leave you with all of my individual reviews: STORIES
 • A House of Pomegranates • The Happy Prince and Other Tales • Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime • The Canterville Ghost • The Picture of Dorian Gray PLAYS 
• Vera: or, The Nihilists • The Duchess of Padua • Salomé • A Woman of No Importance • Lady Windermere’s Fan • An Ideal Husband • The Importance of Being Earnest • A Florentine Tragedy • La Sainte Courtisane
 POEMS
 • The Collected Poems of Oscar Wilde • The Ballad of Reading Goal 
ESSAYS, SELECTED JOURNALISM, LECTURES AND LETTERS • The Rise of Historical Criticism • The Critic as Artist • Pen, Pencil and Poison • The Truth of Masks • The House Beautiful & The Decorative Arts • The Soul of Man Under Socialism • The Decay of Lying • Selected Journalism (1882 - 1889) • Impressions of America • De Profundis • Two Letters to the Daily Chronicle

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachelandthecity

    Wilde has such a gift with phrasing, I always think about how parallel he seems to me with Ryan Adams. So many accolades so early, then such a fever to tear him apart. Here's a few quotes: A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Anyon Wilde has such a gift with phrasing, I always think about how parallel he seems to me with Ryan Adams. So many accolades so early, then such a fever to tear him apart. Here's a few quotes: A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. Biography lends to death a new terror. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Genius is born--not paid. I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones. I am not young enough to know everything. I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability. If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. Illusion is the first of all pleasures. It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tosh

    So essential it's not even funny. Not a better writer in the English language. Also if one can have a hero in this world, I think Wilde can fit that bill. He maybe the first writer that I realize was a rebel of sorts. My first actual rock n' roll figure that I looked up to. I started reading Wilde as a young teenager - due to the fact that he seemed to be the most glamourous figure in literature. Most of my high school friends were into the Beats or such toss as Jonathan Bach, but Wilde was my (a So essential it's not even funny. Not a better writer in the English language. Also if one can have a hero in this world, I think Wilde can fit that bill. He maybe the first writer that I realize was a rebel of sorts. My first actual rock n' roll figure that I looked up to. I started reading Wilde as a young teenager - due to the fact that he seemed to be the most glamourous figure in literature. Most of my high school friends were into the Beats or such toss as Jonathan Bach, but Wilde was my (as T-Rex's Marc Bolan would say ) mainman. And the fact that I am straight to be attracted to such a guy figure had a great importance in my life. Wilde represented a third way to me. The fact that he was outside of his culture appealed to my aesthetic - plus it was sexy. Oscar Wilde, born in the 19th Century and dying in the new 20th Century - was truly an artist of the 20th Century. Oscar Wilde I salute you!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    What can I say? You either love Wilde or you don't understand him, and I love him.

  5. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    Before starting this collection I had actually never read anything by Oscar Wilde - I have now read everything by Oscar Wilde, and can officially say I am a massive fan! His writing is incredibly clever and witty, but also riveting, humorous and beautiful. My favourites would be The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Happy Prince & Other Tales, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and De Profundis. The works included - and my general opinion of them - are as follows: PLAYS: V Before starting this collection I had actually never read anything by Oscar Wilde - I have now read everything by Oscar Wilde, and can officially say I am a massive fan! His writing is incredibly clever and witty, but also riveting, humorous and beautiful. My favourites would be The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Happy Prince & Other Tales, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and De Profundis. The works included - and my general opinion of them - are as follows: PLAYS: Vera, or The Nihilists - 3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Duchess of Padua - 2 Stars ⭐️⭐️ Lady Windermere’s Fan - 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Woman of No Importance - 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An Ideal Husband - 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Importance of Being Earnest - 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Salomé - 3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ La Saint Courtisane - 3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Florentine Tragedy - 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ NOVEL: The Picture of Dorian Gray - 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ STORIES & FAIRY-TALES: The Happy Prince and Other Tales - 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The Happy Prince - 5 Stars - The Nightingale and the Rose - 5 Stars - The Selfish Giant - 4 Stars - The Devoted Friend - 5 Stars - The Remarkable Rocket - 5 Stars Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime and Other Stories - 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime - 4 Stars - The Canterville Ghost - 5 Stars - The Sphinx Without a Secret - 4 Stars - The Model Millionaire- 4 Stars - The Portrait of Mr W.H. - 1.5 Stars A House of Pomegranates - 2 Stars ⭐️⭐️ - The Young King - 2 Stars - The Birthday of the Infanta - 2 Stars - The Fisherman and His Soul - 3 Stars - The Star-Child - 3 Stars POEMS: The Complete Poems - 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Ballad of Reading Gaol (special mention) - 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ESSAYS AND LETTERS: De Profundis - 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ And in the spirit of complete honesty, I actually didn’t read the other essays included in the collection - Intentions and The Soul of Man Under Socialism - as I knew they wouldn’t interest me, and so they have not affected my rating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    1) The Picture of Dorian Gray 2) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime 3) The Canterville Chost 4) The Sphinx Without a Secret 5) The Model Millionaire 6) The Young King 7) The Birthday of the Infanta 8) The Fisherman and His Soul 9) The Star-Child 10) The Happy Prince 11) The Nightingale and the Rose 12) The Selfish Giant 13) The Devoted Friend 15) The Remarkable Rocket 16) The Importance of Being Earnest 17) Lady Windermere's Fan 18) A Woman of No Importance 19) An Ideal Husband 20) Salome 21) The Duchess of Padua 22) Vera, 1) The Picture of Dorian Gray 2) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime 3) The Canterville Chost 4) The Sphinx Without a Secret 5) The Model Millionaire 6) The Young King 7) The Birthday of the Infanta 8) The Fisherman and His Soul 9) The Star-Child 10) The Happy Prince 11) The Nightingale and the Rose 12) The Selfish Giant 13) The Devoted Friend 15) The Remarkable Rocket 16) The Importance of Being Earnest 17) Lady Windermere's Fan 18) A Woman of No Importance 19) An Ideal Husband 20) Salome 21) The Duchess of Padua 22) Vera, or the Nihilists 23) A Florentine Tragedy 24) La Sainte Courtisane 25) Poems 26) Poems in Prose 27) De Profundis 28) Two Letters to the Daily Chronicle 29) The Decay of Lying 30) Pen, Pencil and Poison 31) The Critic as Artist 32) The Truth of Masks 33) The Soul of Man Under Socialism 34) The Rise of Historical Criticism 35) The Portrait of Mr. W.H. 36) A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated 37) Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aurélien Thomas

    I remember discovering Oscar Wilde with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', a luscious and decadent read which, ironically enough, had not only made his success but also caused his downfall (being quoted ad nauseam during his trial). Well, Oscar Wilde, we know, finally ended up in jail. His work from behind bars is, about, really touching. First, 'De Profundis', his letter to his lover, is an insightful take upon his fate - the pain of a man looked upon, ruined and humiliated, who nevertheless has the I remember discovering Oscar Wilde with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', a luscious and decadent read which, ironically enough, had not only made his success but also caused his downfall (being quoted ad nauseam during his trial). Well, Oscar Wilde, we know, finally ended up in jail. His work from behind bars is, about, really touching. First, 'De Profundis', his letter to his lover, is an insightful take upon his fate - the pain of a man looked upon, ruined and humiliated, who nevertheless has the unforgiving lucidity to don't spare himself for his mistakes. For sure, it reeks of a sad bitterness. It is, nevertheless, so honest it's quite disarming. Then, his 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. Powerful verses, grim but deeply heartfelt, here's one of his most intense text, and surely one of his best work. Well, as far as I am concerned, it certainly stands out from the rest of his poetry! His 'Poems' indeed are, overall, quite bad. A classicist at heart, Oscar Wilde attempted to follow strict formal rules that are everything but suited to his stylised and flowery language, going over the top and feeling way too rigid. I preferred his 'Prose Poems', where he tossed off such strictness to completely unleash himself. In fact, mostly religious (mystic?) his prose displays him at his playful-best. As for the plays... I am not one for theatre; it's just not my cup of tea. I have to say though that I absolutely enjoyed reading most of his! 'Lady Windermere's Fan' (my personal favourite), 'The Importance of Being Earnest', 'A Woman of No Importance'… Oscar Wilde is witty, sharp, cynical and sarcastic, always catching the reader off-guard with the unexpected, and his creativity and bluntness are a delight that takes no prisoner. I just struggled with 'An Ideal Husband', predictable, too long, and tiring for its feel of déja vu. I didn't know he had written a tragedy ('The Duchess of Padua'), which was a nice surprise, especially since it's a really good play overall. My favourite remains, however, 'Salomé' - wonderfully poetic, dark, occult, bathed in bloody moonlight, all here is but foggy vision dancing enthrallingly before our hypnotised eyes. Noteworthy too are his essays on Art. 'Intentions' and 'The Decay of Lying' may not be ground breaking, but they deserve a read to better understand what he meant by some of his most famous (and misunderstood!) quotes -e.g. 'life imitates art' and the like... His tales are entertaining too, though I disliked the ones he wrote for children (all unsuited and complete failure). All in all then, here's a great compilation. It can feel unequal (again, some of his work was really bad -most of his poems, a few tales...) but, considering how far ranging, creative, sharp and, above all, so unique such a writer was, it's impossible to don't be in awe. A pure jewel, that deserves to adorn the personal libraries of every lovers of literature..

  8. 5 out of 5

    classic reverie

    As I read Oscar Wilde, I will read from this collection where my notes and highlights will be. I will review his works by their title. Look under my Oscar Wilde shelf for my list. There are no typos notes yet and very navigational.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tea

    I’m always going to give Oscar 5 stars I’ve been a fan since I was 5 years and became obsessed with The happy prince. I have so many favourite stories and poems in this book it’s just one of my favourite books to read. I read this book at least once a year. (This version of the book is incredible thick and some difficult to hold)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amena

    Brilliant writing. Real, deep themes which one can relate to the present life. A fantastic ending. Definitely worth every single one of those 5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    El

    This review is a work-in-progress. I'm reading this whole collection, but will be reviewing the individual reads separately as I go along, so don't be all confused by the otherwise seemingly random posting of Wilde stories and plays. I am going to skip reading The Picture of Dorian Gray because I read that just a few years ago. My review is behind that link; knock yourself out. Individual reviews will be linked here as I go along, just to really annoy everyone each time it pops up in their updates This review is a work-in-progress. I'm reading this whole collection, but will be reviewing the individual reads separately as I go along, so don't be all confused by the otherwise seemingly random posting of Wilde stories and plays. I am going to skip reading The Picture of Dorian Gray because I read that just a few years ago. My review is behind that link; knock yourself out. Individual reviews will be linked here as I go along, just to really annoy everyone each time it pops up in their updates: Short Stories Lord Arthur Savile's Crime The Canterville Ghost Fables, Fairy Tales, and Other Really Really Short Pieces Filled with Morals The Sphinx Without a Secret The Model Millionaire The Young King The Birthday of the Infanta The Fisherman and His Soul The Star-Child The Happy Prince The Nightingale and the Rose The Selfish Giant The Devoted Friend The Remarkable Rocket Plays The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Windermere's Fan A Woman of No Importance An Ideal Husband Salomé The Duchess of Padua Next up... Vera, or The Nihilists. Aug 7, 2019 Another behemoth that deserves my attention once life settles down again. I will return to this after completing my graduate program.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Oscar Wilde is fabulous, and clever, and impossibly witty and Oscar Wilde knows it. Do yourself a favor, don't read this cover to cover - a little bit of Wilde goes a long way! Random thoughts: I was disappointed to find that the popular culture image of Dorian Grey didn't quite live up to the actual written depiction of him. Apparently the Victorian's were easily horrified, and I found some of the examples of his debauchery to be head scratchers. Especially his tendency to collect jewels and tap Oscar Wilde is fabulous, and clever, and impossibly witty and Oscar Wilde knows it. Do yourself a favor, don't read this cover to cover - a little bit of Wilde goes a long way! Random thoughts: I was disappointed to find that the popular culture image of Dorian Grey didn't quite live up to the actual written depiction of him. Apparently the Victorian's were easily horrified, and I found some of the examples of his debauchery to be head scratchers. Especially his tendency to collect jewels and tapestries and such (I'm sure there's some deeper meaning here, but I completely missed it). “The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.” Willy Wonka was quoting Oscar Wilde, as it turns out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    Okay, as recently, I'm mopping up some titles from "To Read Short Fiction Lists", genre and lit, and as I'm in the W's.... I had 3 pieces from Wilde on the list - I've previously read a *bit* of him (about 10 stories, mostly thanks to Dedalus Books Decadence series) but, for example, haven't tackled an obvious must-read like The Picture of Dorian Grey. "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" is probably the most "Wildean" thing here, and in it one can see Wilde's black humor and some origins of a writer like Okay, as recently, I'm mopping up some titles from "To Read Short Fiction Lists", genre and lit, and as I'm in the W's.... I had 3 pieces from Wilde on the list - I've previously read a *bit* of him (about 10 stories, mostly thanks to Dedalus Books Decadence series) but, for example, haven't tackled an obvious must-read like The Picture of Dorian Grey. "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" is probably the most "Wildean" thing here, and in it one can see Wilde's black humor and some origins of a writer like Saki (in one direction) and P.G. Wodehouse (in another). British upper crust life had advanced to such a point, seemingly, that one could be terribly naughty by writing a deliberately lighthearted piece about cold-blooded attempted murder, poison and anarchist bombs. Shocking! That may sound like I'm being sarcastic but actually I'm not, it's just interesting to me how levels of privilege, culture, comfort and stability (timed historically differently, of course, across varied social and class strata) invariably give rise to an impulse like this, a turning inward, a jaundiced view of the status quo, satirically and cheekily expressed. So here we have a society party of humorous cartoons (lots of witty bon mots tossed around - "The world is a stage but the play is poorly cast.") where a nobleman (Lord Savile, natch) has his palm read and is told he will commit murder in the future. Being a good upstanding chap, and not wanting to ruin his intended nuptials, he sets about trying to figure out who the least important person is that he can murder in his social circle. Hilarity ensues as poison, bombs and drownings prove ineffective until chance steps in. Of course, part of the joke is that Savile never questions (and we should never expect him to question) the accuracy of such a prediction from a dubious source, because then the ultimate joke of basing your actions on dubious sources, and the empty trendiness of the moneyed classes (and possibly their coldness to human suffering) would be undone. "The Star Child" is Wilde operating in his Fairy Tale Mode. In many ways it is a traditional fairy tale with an obvious moral - a poor family finds an abandoned baby and raises him to be a beautiful boy. But the boy is cruel, arrogant and hateful and despises the poverty around him, torturing small animals and displaying his ingratitude at every opportunity, so magically he is turned ugly and has to go forth in the world to learn humility - which he does, by trying to complete three impossible tasks, aided by animal servitors. The Wildean punch, when it comes, lies not so much in the classically-beautiful-but-cruel main character but instead in the short and oddly ominous last line of the piece, as if Wilde could not completely commit himself to the eternal awe and wonder of happily ever after. "The Decay Of Lying" is an essay (presented as a dialogue) and, honestly, I'll probably need to give it another read and dissect it at my leisure at a later date because I was mostly in the wrong head-space when I read it. Essentially, it's Wilde's barbed answer to the rise of the Naturalist/Realist movement in literature (Zola, etc.), which eschewed imagination and flights of fancy for close observations of the real world and people. Wilde believes this idea is terrible and sketches out what he believes literature (and almost almost all art) should consist of, how it should proceed and what its goals should be. Sui generis, inventive and imaginative, essentially - "effective lying" is the ultimate creativity. Having recently codified my own approach to the arts (well, certainly literature) as that of a Generalist/Surveyor, I can't take an us/them, good/bad argument about literature *so* seriously. I find such screeds fascinating - not as an expression of "the truth" but as "one way of looking at things" (from a particular position, in a particular moment in time, given what has come before, what was happening then and what was to come) - even as my mind begins to undermine the argument (and, in case I haven't made my point, I'd have the same reaction to a po-faced essay about the obvious superiority of realism over imagination). These kind of essays/arguments *are* important - it *was* important that someone had them and they *remain* important as records of thought processes, as we try to move forward - except we don't seem to be moving forward very much and those records seem to be ignored, as we seem to JUST KEEP HAVING the same binary us/them, good/bad stupid/reductive arguments over and over again even centuries later (just recently, in my life in fact). I do believe the human mind is vast and can hold many ideas, some of them contradictory. I do not think there is only one way to "do art" or that the term "art" is pretentious, or that "entertainment" is below contempt for that matter, OR that a perfect blending of "art" and "entertainment" is the Ultimate Goal for THAT matter. I do think that different approaches yield different results and have different successes, achievements, failures and traps. This doesn't seem very hard for me at all and I wonder why people seem so driven into singular conceptions - perhaps it's the varied arrogance and insecurity underlying the desperately clung-to worldviews? So, for example, when I read this essay I find it fascinating: Wilde is witty (duh), charming, intelligent and erudite and his argument makes sense - until I remember that some realist novels have, in my life, packed just as much impact as the imaginative ones. I look at what he's saying and think "hmmm, interesting that the Decadents take *part* of his stance - invention and artificiality - and discard others - by focusing on the dregs and degradation of real life". I think of genre writers who bristle at being labelled escapist and regularly chalk up straight Lit as "boring" - thus placing them in Wilde's camp - yet Wilde would be appalled to find them worrying over research, realistic detail and promoting social causes and the underrepresented. But I'll have to reread it. There's a good argument to be made that Wilde is deliberately overstating his case so as to have a kind of unspoken criticisms of its excesses built right into the text. Still, lots of fun!

  14. 5 out of 5

    outraged

    A must-have for every lover of literature. Oscar Wilde is a writer like no other. His words speak directly to one's heart, their soul, their subconsciousness.. He changed the way I understood writing and reading entirely, made me fall in love with his every word and get lost in his ideas, his thoughts, his world. I was 13 or 14 when I first picked up a paperback copy of his complete works on a whim. I remember feeling a little doubtful for buying such an expensive book from an author I had never A must-have for every lover of literature. Oscar Wilde is a writer like no other. His words speak directly to one's heart, their soul, their subconsciousness.. He changed the way I understood writing and reading entirely, made me fall in love with his every word and get lost in his ideas, his thoughts, his world. I was 13 or 14 when I first picked up a paperback copy of his complete works on a whim. I remember feeling a little doubtful for buying such an expensive book from an author I had never heard of before. Needless to say, I'm so glad I did. It's a book to read, adore, and re-read a thousand times.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

    I love Oscar Wilde. His tales have been part of my life since I was a child. In my teenager years his plays were the "shelter" when I felt sad. His work is wonderful, but, in this special edition, you can find everything he wrote, even the poems (which are not so good as his other works to me). I have a 1968 edition of this Collins Classics with beautiful illustrations and a great introduction by Vyvyan Holland. Beautiful edition!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Wow - why had a not read Oscar Wilde before? He immediately jumped to the top of my list of favorite authors...and easily at that! I love how an author who wrote over 100 years ago can make me laugh out loud; I love that his jabs at Americans are still relevant. So far the Canterville Ghost is my favorite, and I am currently reading the Picture of Dorian Gray.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I received this book as a gift from my dad when I was about 13 years old. It's the special centenary edition. It was love at first sight. It's filled with my notes, my dried flowers (teen me was oh so romantic) and a piece of my soul.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leila M

    All of his work is so truthful and blunt. I started off collecting a few works here and there and ended up having to get the complete works.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ella

    Last summer, I bought this 1,114 page book from a used bookstore in Gallway, Ireland for €6 (what a steal!). It was the second Oscar Wilde book I had bought that trip (along with an Oscar Wilde tea towel and calendar). Packing light is stupid anyways. And, of course, now, during quarantine, is the perfect time to read it. I wonder what Oscar Wilde would be doing during the pandemic. Okay I digress. Now that I’m done it feels surreal (1,000 amazing oh my god). But this book was great because I had h Last summer, I bought this 1,114 page book from a used bookstore in Gallway, Ireland for €6 (what a steal!). It was the second Oscar Wilde book I had bought that trip (along with an Oscar Wilde tea towel and calendar). Packing light is stupid anyways. And, of course, now, during quarantine, is the perfect time to read it. I wonder what Oscar Wilde would be doing during the pandemic. Okay I digress. Now that I’m done it feels surreal (1,000 amazing oh my god). But this book was great because I had had no idea about some of his shorter stories and poems and plays and found new favorites! Here is a list of Oscar’s best, most well-known works: - The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Importance of Being Earnest - Lady Windermere’s Fan - A Woman of No Importance - An Idea Husband - The Ballad of Reading Goal - De Profundis Here’s a list of other works that I really liked: - The Canterville Ghost - Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime - The Duchess of Padua - The Happy Prince - The poems Requiescat, At Verona, and Silentium Amoris - The Portrait of Mr. W. H. I’d highly recommend Oscar Wilde. I’m not even going to try to explain how much and why I love his work because as neither Critic nor Artist, I cannot do it justice. Anyways, thank you Oscar, for all of the 1,114 pages of published writing I’ve read in the past 5 weeks. I loved it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kris Larson

    I actually hate having all my Wilde in one volume. When I lived in my studio apartment and found myself alone of an evening, I would sometimes make tea and cucumber sandwiches and curl up to re-read The Importance of Being Earnest. But now I've got this great big book which refuses to be curled up with -- I should never have sold my individual Earnest. Still, it's nice to have access to Wilde-ian works I probably wouldn't own otherwise.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Psst! Hey, Maureen, look what I found!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Subramaniam Avinash

    I found about 40 percent of this collection terrific. The rest, not very interesting. In particular, I thought the stories he wrote for children between 8 and 80 were brilliant. And so was The Importance of Being Earnest.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Durante

    Reading this in bits and pieces.

  24. 5 out of 5

    SE Panoply

    http://bookwayfarer.wordpress.com/201... When I first read this I wasn't necessarily a fan of Oscar Wilde. I was just curious about his work and I realized the easiest and fastest way to read it all was just to buy the book and call it a day. Overall a very interesting and relatively quick read. Interesting in the sense of getting everything. Background history, the fairy tales, plays, novel, essays are all accounted for, and quick to read in the fact of most everything in this book can be breezed http://bookwayfarer.wordpress.com/201... When I first read this I wasn't necessarily a fan of Oscar Wilde. I was just curious about his work and I realized the easiest and fastest way to read it all was just to buy the book and call it a day. Overall a very interesting and relatively quick read. Interesting in the sense of getting everything. Background history, the fairy tales, plays, novel, essays are all accounted for, and quick to read in the fact of most everything in this book can be breezed through with no real issue. The only problem for me was near the end of the book. The poems and the essays seemed to drag on and on. One reason is, I'm not really a poetry reader usually, so it was a little painful since it was poetry and I wasn't about to skip it since, it's my book and I don't like wasting money if I'm not going to read the whole thing. Secondly, most of the essay's seemed repetitious and some were just longer than necessary. I realize everything Oscar Wilde ever wrote is included, but this is what I've learned and care to share. The only one of the essays that I didn't really mind reading was De Profundis. It was genuinely interesting since it was about the man who put him in prison and was written to him from prison. Otherwise I have no regrets in buying this book. It was definitely worth the $10 I put into it and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading the whole kaboodle of Wilde's work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ☽ Su ☾

    Wilde has such a gift with writing. He is fabulous, Honest and clever. this book is a collection of Wilde’s writings containing his only novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters. So many favorite quotes : “Why, anybody can have common sense, provided that they have no imagination” “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” "What is a cynic?…A man who knows the price of everything and the value of no Wilde has such a gift with writing. He is fabulous, Honest and clever. this book is a collection of Wilde’s writings containing his only novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters. So many favorite quotes : “Why, anybody can have common sense, provided that they have no imagination” “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” "What is a cynic?…A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." “The ages live in history through their anachronisms.” “I am not sorry for anything that has happened. It has taught me to know myself better.” “Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the market-place. It may not be purchased of the merchants, nor can it be weighed out in the balance for gold.” “no theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself.”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Oscar Wilde is always so delightful, although what disturbing children's stories! I certainly would never read those stories to a child, with the exception of 'The Remarkable Rocket'. My favorite short stories were 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost'. Reading all the plays back to back does cause them to blend together just a bit, he had a habit of reusing his favorite lines over and over again. Overall I would say I enjoyed 'Vera' (The Nihilists) the most, which was the on Oscar Wilde is always so delightful, although what disturbing children's stories! I certainly would never read those stories to a child, with the exception of 'The Remarkable Rocket'. My favorite short stories were 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost'. Reading all the plays back to back does cause them to blend together just a bit, he had a habit of reusing his favorite lines over and over again. Overall I would say I enjoyed 'Vera' (The Nihilists) the most, which was the only play I had never heard of before purchasing this book. I wonder if 'De Profundis' should really be included, it is an interesting glimpse into his personal life but I could have done without his rambling religious views and much too long rehashing of everything that ever went wrong in his relationship.

  27. 4 out of 5

    angie haney

    This is THE book. Oscar Wilde writes with so much heart. His stories just ooze heart. Of all of his writings, Dorian Grey is probably my least favorite, and it is a masterpiece! The Happy Prince will tear your heart out. It is the most beautiful story I have ever read in my entire life. It is one of the things in my life that touched my heart so deeply that all I could do was cry at it's raw, pure, beauty. Every story has that same pure loveliness. This is a book that you can read over and over This is THE book. Oscar Wilde writes with so much heart. His stories just ooze heart. Of all of his writings, Dorian Grey is probably my least favorite, and it is a masterpiece! The Happy Prince will tear your heart out. It is the most beautiful story I have ever read in my entire life. It is one of the things in my life that touched my heart so deeply that all I could do was cry at it's raw, pure, beauty. Every story has that same pure loveliness. This is a book that you can read over and over and everytime it still just melts your heart. I am so in love with this book! Oh, to have been a gay man in Oscar Wilde's time! I would have been the Adam to his Steve any day!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    I love his fairy tales and stories. I love Dorian Gray, and I love his playfulness when it comes to questions of morality. It was therefore so sad to read his 'De Profundis'. Although written under extreme conditions, and therefore miraculously coherent, it revealed such a bitterness and moral disapproval on the part of the author. Did it diminish the magnitude of his genius? I'm not sure...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Wilde should be read by everyone looking for a mixture of wit, humor and deep emotion. While some of his works are less accessible than others (I prefer his plays to his poetry) there's something in here for everyone. I read his fables when I was about 7, and still recall them vividly.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maggi LeDuc

    Wilde's plays will always be my favorite. I found his poetry very enjoyable, especially, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol." But I found his essays impenetrable, full of references that I didn't understand, and hard to slog through.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.