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Wilde's works are suffused with his aestheticism, brilliant craftsmanship, legendary wit and, ultimately, his tragic muse. He wrote tender fairy stories for children employing all his grace, artistry and wit, of which the best-known is The Happy Prince. Counterpoints to this were his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, which shocked and outraged many readers of his day, andWilde's works are suffused with his aestheticism, brilliant craftsmanship, legendary wit and, ultimately, his tragic muse. He wrote tender fairy stories for children employing all his grace, artistry and wit, of which the best-known is The Happy Prince. Counterpoints to this were his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, which shocked and outraged many readers of his day, and his stories for adults which exhibited his fascination with the relations between serene art and decadent life. Wilde took London by storm with his plays, particularly his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest. His essays - in particular De Profundis- and his Ballad of Reading Gaol, both written after his release from prison, strikingly break the bounds of his usual expressive range. His other essays and poems are all included in this comprehensive collection of the works of one of the most exciting writers of the late nineteenth century....

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  • Rachelandthecity
    2019-03-11 00:44

    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.

  • Tosh
    2019-03-11 01:59

    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!

  • Spencer
    2019-02-23 05:55

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

  • leynes
    2019-03-04 02:56

    (This essay is also available as a video: this very day, the 30th of November 1900, Oscar Wilde passed away in a shabby little hotel in Paris. Fallen from grace, abandoned by admirers and critics alike, he perished unnoticed and silently. Deeply polarizing and brazenly unapologetic, it was just a matter of time before his excessive and unconventional lifestyle would catch up to him. But in the same breath, it is no wonder that even 117 years later, people all around the world are still marveling at his work and his sparkling personality; It is no wonder that people are still resonating with his words, laughing at his jokes, admiring his attitude towards life. In this video essay, I want to look at the man behind the mask. Oscar is well known for his armorous adventures, his flamboyant style and his snarky comments. He seems like the ultimate dandy sprung from the pages of his plays. I will base my argument on something he once wrote in a letter to a friend, and which, in retrospect, seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy.Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be — in other ages, perhaps.This statement is a reference to the three most imporant characters in his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Chapter 1: Basil Hallward is what I think I amBasil Hallward is the painter of the portrait, the man infatuated with Dorian and his beauty. The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with Basil describing his fascination with Dorian:When our eyes met, I felt I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.Basil lives only for his art. He is afraid of life, because it is capable of exerting an influence over him which he feels as threatening. He is afraid of Dorian, because Dorian personifies the Dionysian side of his own personality which he has repressed. Thus he needs Dorian, because only through Dorian can he feel that he is alive. The contrast between them is suggestive. Basil is fascinated by what he himself is not. Basil's fascination with Dorian anticipates Oscar's fascination with Lord Alfred Douglas, also known as Bosie. The man who later become his lover. In the novel, Basil says that Dorian is "absolutely necessary" to him: "my life as an artist depends on him". A few years later, Oscar woudl write to Bosie: "I can't live without you", "you are the atmosphere of beauty through which I see life. You are the incarnation of all lovely things." And just like Basil, Oscar is wrecked by his love. Oscar was introduced to Bosie in 1891 at the height of his success. He was earning up to 100 pounds a week and since Bosie was vain, spoilt and materialistic, Oscar indulged his every whim. A year into their relationship Bosie introduced Oscar to the Victorian underground of prostitution. He began to meet with male prostitutes, give them gifts (as payment) and have sex with them. It turned into an obsession for him and he frequented the scene quite often. Due to the fact that both Oscar and Bosie were indiscreet and reckless in public, rumours about their relationship soon spread. In 1895, Bosie's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, left a note for Oscar in a restaurant which read "For Oscar Wilde, posing somdomite". Oscar, against the advice of some of his friends, decided to sue Queensberry for slander. And this is why Oscar is still seen as a gay icon today. Not because he was a homosexual man in Victorian London, but because he refused to back down when his sexuality was under attack. Since Queensberry could prove that Oscar had slept with male prostitutes, Oscar lost the trial and was sued for „sodomy“ and „gross indecency“. He was sentenced to two years of hard labour – a verdict that would ruin his health and actually contribute to his death three years after being released from prison. All of his belongings were auctioned off and he was ostracised by the public. All of his friends, except Robert Ross, turned from him. And even Bosie lost his interest in Oscar and slandered him publicly. Thus, Oscar was forced to spend his last years impoverished in exile. What little money he had, he spend on alcohol and lost his joy for writing. The only creative endeavour he completed, was his masterpiece The Ballad of Reading Goal. A hauntingly raw ballad about prison life in England. It is, in my humble opinion, his magnum opus. In retrospect, it is heartbreaking to see how alike Oscar and Basil really were. Both of them were gay artists, alienated from society. Both of them died for beauty – and ultimately for love. Art antedating life is also a major theme of one of his most famous essays, The Decay of Lying. Chapter 2: Lord Henry is what the world thinks meThe novel may begin in Basil's studio, but its story is triggered by Lord Henry, who is equally — albeit differently — fascinated by Dorian. Lord Henry is a dandy who has elaborated a theory of Individualism. He advises Dorian to enjoy life to the full, to give way to every temptation, to realize his every fantasy — but not to allow any experience to arrest the pursuit of his pleasure. Dorian has what he values most, and feels he has lost: youth. The Wilde who advocated for self-fulfillment through pleasure is the Wilde we all know and love. Oscar, being one of the first writers who was also a celebrity, was known for his dandy aloofness, his hedonism and his witty remarks. However, when looking deeper into his works, especially his nonfiction, it becomes clear that Oscar constructed this public persona based on illusion. Hiding behind a mask through artificial indifference and impassiveness enabled him to hide his true identity from the public. He once wrote:To the world I seem, by intention on my part, a dilettante and dandy merely – it is not wise to show one’s heart to the world – and as seriousness of manner is the disguise of the fool, folly in its exquisite modes of triviality and indifference and lack of care is the robe of the wise man. In so vulgar an age as this we all need masks.It is tragic to see that even a man like Oscar, who was so out there, who lived a life so boldly, didn't feel comfortable to let down his mask in Victorian London. And when his homosexuality was under fire and his private life the talk of the town, he was never able to recover from the consequences. So yes, the public thought of Oscar as „Lord Henry“, a silly and vain dandy, when in truce, he was so much more. It's consolatory to know that Oscar's legacy has grown over the decades and that people today start to grasp and appreciate the man behind the mask. Chapter 3: Dorian is what I would like to be — in other ages, perhapsWilde explored the rapport between fading and staying extensively in The Portrait of Dorian Gray, wherein Dorian wishes that his beautiful painted portrait could age in his place. His wish is granted and he abandons himself to a life of pleasure. Dorian is the Wildean dandy par excellence. He is what both Basil and Lord Henry would like to be. Dorian is characterized by his evasiveness and his obsession with objets d'art. When Basil comes to console him about Sibyl's death, he is unwilling to discuss the matter. He does not want to admit the possibility that his behaviour was reprehensible. He tells his friend: "If one doesn't talk about a thing, it has never happened. It is simply expression, as Harry says, that gives reality to things." It becomes clear that Oscar was actually very vulnerable and afraid. He knew that he was Basil – an artist stuck in this world, unable to truly shed life's responsibilities – but he desperately wanted to be Dorian. To be loved and admired. To indulge without consequence.Oscar learned the hard way that pleasure wasn't the means by which he could live his life. It was pain. In prison he wrote a long letter to Bosie, called De Profundis, in it he states:I, once a lord of language, have no words with which to express my anguish and my shame.De Profundis is in large part an effort to find a way of rationalizing his suffering. As a prisoner, and more broadly as one who suffers, Wilde is excluded from the pleasures that accompany the fulfillment of individual desires, but he gains access to the universal of human existence: our shared unhappy fate. The still, sad music of humanity is our existence together, and Wilde can hear it better where he is no longer a dazzling exception. Oscar was never and will never be Dorian. And while this might have disappointed him back in 1891, it certainly wouldn't disappoint him now. Oscar was so much more than Dorian. He was an artist who lived for his a craft. A man who died for love and for what he believed was right. His true tomb, his written verse, his true monument the permancence of the drama. Last year, in a symbolic gesture, Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Wilde, among 50,000 other gay men, for his offence, as it is no longer a crime in the UK.And on this very day, November 30th, hundreds are gathered at his tomb on the Père Lachaise Cemetery to pay their respects and show him the love he deserved.It is through disobedience that progress has been made. Through disobedience and rebellion.– Oscar Wilde

  • Wiebke (1book1review)
    2019-03-05 07:37

    This was just perfect. What else could I say? The writing and wit of Oscar Wilde is just admirable and hilarious. The adaptations on this audiobook made them come to live and it was so much fun listening I often forgot I was not alone but felt like part of the audience in the theater.I recommend this to anyone who has wanted to give Oscar Wilde a go.

  • Fernando
    2019-02-25 01:02

    El genio literario indiscutido de Oscar Wilde brilla en cada uno de los cuentos que componen este volúmen. Libro altamente recomendable para todo aquel lector que admire su obra o para quien quiera conocerla.

  • Courtney
    2019-02-28 04:35

    1) The Picture of Dorian Gray2) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime3) The Canterville Chost4) The Sphinx Without a Secret5) The Model Millionaire6) The Young King7) The Birthday of the Infanta8) The Fisherman and His Soul9) The Star-Child10) The Happy Prince11) The Nightingale and the Rose12) The Selfish Giant13) The Devoted Friend15) The Remarkable Rocket16) The Importance of Being Earnest17) Lady Windermere's Fan18) A Woman of No Importance19) An Ideal Husband20) Salome21) The Duchess of Padua22) Vera, or the Nihilists23) A Florentine Tragedy24) La Sainte Courtisane25) Poems26) Poems in Prose27) De Profundis28) Two Letters to the Daily Chronicle29) The Decay of Lying30) Pen, Pencil and Poison31) The Critic as Artist32) The Truth of Masks33) The Soul of Man Under Socialism34) The Rise of Historical Criticism35) The Portrait of Mr. W.H.36) A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated37) Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young

  • Rosa Ramôa
    2019-03-15 00:38

    "A moda é uma variação tão intolerável do horror que tem de ser mudada de seis em seis meses" (Oscar Wilde)

  • Amena
    2019-03-13 05:58

    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.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-18 01:50

    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.

  • Shawn
    2019-03-05 03:39

    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!

  • El
    2019-03-06 07:54

    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 StoriesLord Arthur Savile's CrimeThe Canterville GhostFables, Fairy Tales, and Other Really Really Short Pieces Filled with MoralsThe Sphinx Without a SecretThe Model MillionaireThe Young KingThe Birthday of the InfantaThe Fisherman and His SoulThe Star-ChildThe Happy PrinceThe Nightingale and the RoseThe Selfish GiantThe Devoted FriendThe Remarkable RocketPlaysThe Importance of Being EarnestLady Windermere's FanA Woman of No ImportanceAn Ideal HusbandSaloméThe Duchess of PaduaNext up... Vera, or The Nihilists.

  • outraged
    2019-03-02 00:46

    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.

  • Cecilia
    2019-03-13 04:50

    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!

  • Amanda
    2019-03-10 04:57

    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.

  • Chris
    2019-03-09 08:02

    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.

  • Leila M
    2019-03-06 02:36

    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.

  • Kris Larson
    2019-02-27 00:33

    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.

  • Geeta
    2019-02-19 02:54

    listening to audio book - (1)A woman of no importance (2)An ideal husband (3)Lady Windermere's fan (4)The importance of being Earnest (5)The picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde writing always wins best rating. Witty, entertaining...and the audio book was very well read.

  • Kristena
    2019-02-25 04:46

    Excellent full-cast audio performances of An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere's Fan, and The Importance of Being Earnest. I skipped the dramatization of The Picture of Dorian Gray, though.

  • Doreen Petersen
    2019-03-05 00:33

    Very interesting collection of Oscar Wilde's writings. If you like classics you'll love this one!

  • Jacob
    2019-03-18 07:02

    Psst! Hey, Maureen, look what I found!

  • Rita
    2019-02-26 04:38

    L'ARTE NEL SANGUE"Il ritratto di Dorian Gray":"Racconti e fiabe":***Teatro:"La duchessa di Padova":"Salomé"; "Il ventaglio di Lady Windermere"; "Una donna senza importanza"; "Un marito ideale":"L'importanza di chiamarsi Ernesto": ha l'arte nel sangue, fa parte della sua natura: è l'unica spiegazione che viene in mente quando persino gli abbozzi delle sue tragedie sono impeccabili ("Il cardinale di Avignone"). È poi normale che le opere incompiute lascino invece l'amaro in bocca, vuoi per la monotonia ("Una tragedia fiorentina"), per l'insipidezza ("Constance o il signore e la signora Daventry") o per l'eccessiva enigmaticità ("La Sainte Courtisane"). Infine, "Vera o i Nichilisti", che inizialmente annoia per la tematica politica, conquista con un linguaggio raffinatissimo ed un'impareggiabile purezza dei sentimenti e delle intenzioni, per poi terminare, ahimè, in modo troppo frettoloso.***"Poesie e poesie in prosa":"De profundis": "Due lettere al «Daily Chronicle»" sono brevi ma appassionanti, nonostante non si tratti di opere di narrativa. Uso il termine "appassionanti" perché non si può fare a meno di schierarsi con Wilde contro la disumanità con cui i carcerati vengono trattati (la cui descrizione è brutale e disarmante) e condividere l'acredine dell'autore. Il peccato ti abbruttisce, ti contamina, ti danna l'anima, ma non ti rende automaticamente un animale. E dunque, prima ancora di correggere il delinquente, bisogna rendere giusta la giustizia stessa."Il primo compito, forse il più difficile, è rendere umani i governatori delle prigioni, civilizzare i secondini e cristianizzare i cappellani."***Saggi:Io e la saggistica siamo proprio su due pianeti diversi: nemmeno l'intervento di Wilde è riuscita a farmela apprezzare, tanto che ho trovato questi scritti incredibilmente pesanti e di difficile comprensione. Hanno comunque destato in me un discreto interesse, quanto bastava a non farmi interrompere la lettura.★★★★☆: "Declino della menzogna"★★★☆☆: "Penna, matita e veleno", "Il critico come artista", "La verità delle maschere", "Il ritratto di Mr. W.H.", "Alcune massime per l’informazione dei troppo istruiti", "Frasi e filosofie a uso dei giovani"★★☆☆☆: "L'anima dell'uomo sotto il socialismo"★☆☆☆☆: "Le radici della critica storica"

  • Carol Mola
    2019-03-22 01:38

    Es mágico, super inmersivo.

  • Bcoghill Coghill
    2019-02-25 06:45

    At this time, I am just reading Salome. I read the English translation and am now reading the French which is so beautiful. I do not speak French, so this is a bit of a handicap fut not fatal. More that can be said for the Baptist.

  • Mizumi
    2019-02-25 00:59

    I took a while to think about it, and I've come to the conclusion I'm definitely going to need to reread this volume. I'm giving four stars for now, though I might get back to that and give it five.So, I read everything in this volume, from The Picture of Dorian Gray all the way to De Profundis, the final entry in the book. At first I kind of wondered about it, since it's not the final writing by Wilde exactly, but it made a lot of sense to put it in last. Wilde himself ties in almost everything he's written so far, reflecting on himself and on what he wants to pursue after getting out of jail. That was a rather painful but understandable entry to end the volume on.I took a break after The Picture of Dorian Gray, which is definitely first on my reread list. It's rather lengthy at points, but Wilde's prose drew me along with the story, allowing me to still be shocked by the sudden twist, even though I knew it was coming. As for the short stories, I still really like The Canterville Ghost, because it's rather hilarious, though with a poignant twist in the end. I read it first in a compilation of Victorian ghost stories, and it was one of the two things that convinced me I had to read more by Oscar Wilde. I really liked the rest of the short stories as well, and most of them read as twisted or even morbid fairy tales in a way. The Nightingale and the Rose comes to mind.Then we continue with the plays, and out of those, I still prefer The Importance of Being Earnest, perhaps because it's much lighter in tone than the plays preceding it, and definitely lighter than those succeeding it in the volume. However, I'd already read it before (this being the second thing that convinced me to buy this volume), so maybe a reread is in its place for the other plays as well. I liked how very diverse they all were.I still have trouble reading poetry, but it's telling I read all of Wilde's poetical work in one day. Some spoke to me more than others, and I must admit I took a certain delight in catching pretty much all of the Greek/Roman mythology references immediately. That being said, this is where I felt the volume could have been helped with footnotes here and there. Sure, I've had French in high school and I can still read the Greek alphabet, but I'm not fluent enough to understand complex French sentences or even a short sentence written in Greek. As the reader is expected to understand it, especially the French, maybe a translation at the bottom would have helped. (Wordsworth editions seem to take the all-or-nothing approach on footnotes. For example, there was an honest footnote in Dracula on the British Museum, saying it's a museum. In Great Britain. You don't say. I mean, it's nice to know Stoker studied a bit there, but not relevant to the text. But okay, I digress. Point being, the Library Collection doesn't seem to have footnotes at all, even though at points I think they'd be nice.) Finally, we have the essays and De Profundis, the latter I already touched upon above. As for the essays, they were interesting, but took me a while to get into. I did really like The Truth of Masks, which talks about Shakespeare's plays and his emphasis on costumes, and how important it is to keep true to the place and period of his plays. This kind of made me regret not having taken up my big volume with Shakespeare's work before this one, considering the huge number of Shakespearean references throughout the volume, but I could have expected that I suppose. Oh well. My loss, I'll fix it before rereading.Talking about the volume as a whole, I think this is a great collection (aside from the lack of footnotes here and there, but okay, this is the digital age where dictionaries in any language are a mouse click away). I really love looking at the cover (the printing being in gold), the binding is solid, and most importantly, it's pretty easy to handle for such a big and heavy book. I've already experienced this with my Sherlock Holmes collection, hence my choice here. So, kudos to the Wordsworth Library Collection quality!This has been a lengthy and not at all insightful review, but ssh.

  • Shanna
    2019-03-10 00:54 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.

  • ☽ Su ☾
    2019-02-19 06:36

    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.”

  • Kristen
    2019-02-27 00:38

    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.

  • Holly
    2019-03-10 01:54

    Firat off, I want to come out and say that I skipped over a few of the essays and The Importance of Being Earnest in this book. I skipped over the play because it's the three act version and I'd rather read the whole thing. I skipped over a few of the essays not because they weren't good and insightful, but because I was having a hard time rapping my head around them. I hope to be able to one day go back to them, but for now I'm done with this book.I will say that I really enjoyed the stories and poems though. I'm glad that I got through them. Hopefully I'll one day e able to appreciate the whole book. I still gave it 5 stars because it was no fault of the author's that I skipped some of his work. The fault of that lies solely with me.