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The Best of Oscar Wilde: Selected Plays and Literary Criticism (Signet Classics)

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In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde's full-length novel, a fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Also included in the volume are three of the Irish master storyteller's short works:
  • Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
  • The Happy Prince
  • The Birthbday of the Infanta

#LINK<># @MajorLeagueAesthole Sadly my beauty will one day cease. Perhaps I could preserve it by having the doc pull and staple the skin of my face? No. A silly thought.

People seem put off by my self-absorption. But I can’t help but tell the truth about my excellence! It is important to be earnest, isn’t it?

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Synopsis:

Oscar Wilde’s infamous wit, taste for scandal, and gift for revealing the hypocrisies of fashionable society are on display here in this collection of his finest plays. A genius both of and ahead of his time, he built his craft on the eternal questions of right and wrong—with pithy dialogue as fresh today as when it was written.
 
In addition to Wilde’s five major plays, this Signet Classics edition contains:
 
• Two interviews with the playwright at the peak of his career, in which Wilde discusses his work—and his critics
• Some of his most brilliant critical writing, in which he discusses the nature of art in terms that anticipate much of today’s literary theory
• An appendix that restores valuable lines that appeared in the original text of The Importance of Being Earnest

With an Introduction by Sylvan Barnet
and a New Afterword by Marylu Hill

Synopsis:

The master of wit and irony

Published here alongside their evocative original illustrations, these fairy tales, as Oscar Wilde himself explained, were written “partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy.”

About the Author

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, on October 16, 1854. He was an outstanding student of classics at Trinity College, and, in 1874, entered Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize with his poem “Ravenna” (1878). An early leader of the “Aesthetic Movement,” which advanced the concept of “Art for Art’s Sake,” Wilde became a prominent personality in literary and social circles. His volume of fairy tales, The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) was followed by The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and The House of Pomegranates (1892). However, it was not until his play Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) was presented to the public that he became widely famous. A Woman of No Importance (1893) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) confirmed his stature as a dramatist. In 1895 he brought libel action against the Marquis of Queensbury; revelations at the trial about his relationships led to his being sentenced under the Criminal Law Amendment for homosexual acts. Upon his release in 1897, he settled on the Continent, where he wrote his most powerful and enduring poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” (1898). Oscar Wilde died in Paris on November 30, 1900.
 
Sylvan Barnet, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, is professor of English at Tufts University, specializing in English drama.  He is the General Editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series and the author or coauthor of many books, including Types of Drama, 8th edition, and An Introduction to Literature, 13th edition.
 
Marylu Hill is the Director of the Center for Liberal Education at Villanova University. She is the author of Mothering Modernity:  Feminism, Modernism, and the Maternal Muse (1999), and coeditor (with Paul Kerry) of Thomas Carlyle Resartus (2010). She has published numerous essays on Victorian subjects, including Thomas Carlyle, Christina Rossetti, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Her current book project is on Oscar Wilde and Platonic dialogue.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451532220
Author:
Wilde, Oscar
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Author:
Gamer, Michael
Author:
Barnet, Sylvan
Author:
Zipes, Jack
Author:
Brandreth, Gyles
Author:
Schmidgall, Gary
Author:
Bruhl, Elise
Author:
Raby, Peter
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
6.72 x 4.36 x 1.01 in 0.45 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Oscar Wilde’s infamous wit, taste for scandal, and gift for revealing the hypocrisies of fashionable society are on display here in this collection of his finest plays. A genius both of and ahead of his time, he built his craft on the eternal questions of right and wrong—with pithy dialogue as fresh today as when it was written.
 
In addition to Wilde’s five major plays, this Signet Classics edition contains:
 
• Two interviews with the playwright at the peak of his career, in which Wilde discusses his work—and his critics
• Some of his most brilliant critical writing, in which he discusses the nature of art in terms that anticipate much of today’s literary theory
• An appendix that restores valuable lines that appeared in the original text of The Importance of Being Earnest

With an Introduction by Sylvan Barnet
and a New Afterword by Marylu Hill

"Synopsis" by ,

The master of wit and irony

Published here alongside their evocative original illustrations, these fairy tales, as Oscar Wilde himself explained, were written “partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy.”

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