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Oscar Wilde - Author

About the Author

Oscar Wilde was an 19th century Irish writer whose works include the play The Importance of Being Earnest and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. He is also one of the Victorian era's most famous dandies, a wit whose good-humored disdain for convention became less favored after he was jailed for homosexuality. Wilde grew up in a prosperous family and distinguished himself at Dublin's Trinity College and London's Oxford. He published his first volume of poems in 1881 and found work in England as a critic and lecturer, but it was his socializing (and self-promotion) that made him famous, even before the 1890 publication of The Picture of Dorian Gray. In 1895, at the height of his popularity, his relationship with the young poet Lord Alfred Douglas was declared inappropriately intimate by Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde sued for libel, but the tables were turned when it became clear there was enough evidence to charge Wilde with "gross indecency" for his homosexual relationships. He was convicted and spent two years in jail, after which he went into self-imposed exile in France, bankrupt and in ill health.

Featured books by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince and Other Stories

The Happy Prince and Other Stories

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

A haunting, magical fairy-tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (among others) The Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should. Each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoyed by children of every age. This is a perfect collection for children young and old, introduced by Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief .

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Other books by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Legend Classics)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Legend Classics)

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2021

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2021

The Short Stories of Oscar Wilde

The Short Stories of Oscar Wilde

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2020

An innovative new edition of nine classic short stories from one of the greatest writers of the Victorian era. I cannot think other than in stories, Oscar Wilde once confessed to his friend Andre Gide. In this new selection of his short fiction, Wilde's gifts as a storyteller are on full display, accompanied by informative facing-page annotations from Wilde biographer and scholar Nicholas Frankel. A wide-ranging introduction brings readers into the world from which the author drew inspiration. Each story in the collection brims with Wilde's trademark wit, style, and sharp social criticism. Many are reputed to have been written for children, although Wilde insisted this was not true and that his stories would appeal to all those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime stands alongside Wilde's comic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, while other stories-including The Happy Prince, the tale of a young ruler who had never known sorrow, and The Nightingale and the Rose, the story of a nightingale who sacrifices herself for true love-embrace the theme of tragic, forbidden love and are driven by an undercurrent of seriousness, even despair, at the repressive social and sexual values of Wilde's day. Like his later writings, Wilde's stories are a sweeping indictment of the society that would imprison him for his homosexuality in 1895, five years before his death at the age of forty-six. Published here in the form in which Victorian readers first encountered them, Wilde's short stories contain much that appeals to modern readers of vastly different ages and temperaments. They are the perfect distillation of one of the Victorian era's most remarkable writers.

Penguin Readers Level 3: The Picture of Dorian Gray (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 3: The Picture of Dorian Gray (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys. An artist paints a beautiful young man called Dorian Gray. When Dorian sees the picture, he decides to give his soul to keep his beautiful face. He lives a bad life and he is bad to many people, but his face never changes. However, in a room upstairs, the portrait gets uglier and uglier.

Penguin Readers Level 1: The Canterville Ghost (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 1: The Canterville Ghost (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys. An American family buy Canterville Hall - a house with a ghost. But the ghost is not happy because it cannot frighten the family.

Picture Of Dorian Gray

Picture Of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde, David Mann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2020

Fairy Tales Of Oscar Wilde: The Complete Paperback Set 1-5

Fairy Tales Of Oscar Wilde: The Complete Paperback Set 1-5

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2020

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2020

The Decay of Lying

The Decay of Lying

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2020

'Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life' The two works brought together here, 'The Decay of Lying' and 'The Critic as Artist', are Oscar Wilde's wittiest and most profound writings on aesthetics, in which he proposes that criticism is the highest form of creation and that lying, the telling of a beautiful untruth, is the ultimate aim of art. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2020

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2020

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2020

The Happy Prince and Other Tales

The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2020

My Voice - A Collection of Poems

My Voice - A Collection of Poems

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2020

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