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The Complete Short Fiction

The Complete Short Fiction

Author: Oscar Wilde; Ian Small (Introduction by)
Series: Penguin Classics Ser.
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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.
Author description

Born in Ireland, Wilde (1854-1900) was educated in Dublin and Oxford and went on to become the leading exponent of aestheticism. His work includes plays, a novel, poetry and criticism. Imprisoned for homosexual acts, he died after his release in exile in Paris. Ian Small is a reader in English Literature at the University of Birmingham.

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General Fields

  • : 9780141439693
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : February 2003
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 19mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 320
  • : General & literary fiction; Classic fiction; Collections & anthologies of various literary forms; Short stories
  • : chronology, notes
  • : Oscar Wilde; Ian Small (Introduction by)
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English