The Happy Prince and Other Stories

Author(s): Oscar Wilde

Fiction

These special fairy tales, which Oscar Wilde made up for his own sons, include The Happy Prince, who was not as happy as he seemed; The Selfish Giant, who learned to love little children; and The Star Child, who suffered bitter trials when he rejected his parents. Often whimsical and sometimes sad, they all shine with poetry and magic.

First published 1888.


Product Information

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884, he tried to establish himself as a writer, but with little initial success. However, his three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince (1888), Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891) and A House of Pomegranates (1891), together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), gradually won him a reputation as a modern writer with an original talent, a reputation confirmed and enhanced by the phenomenal success of his Society Comedies -- Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, all performed on the West End stage between 1892 and 1895. Success, however, was short-lived. In 1891 Wilde had met and fallen in love with Lord Alfred Douglas. In 1895, when his success as a dramatist was at its height, Wilde brought an unsuccessful libel action against Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde lost the case and two trials later was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for acts of gross indecency. As a result of this experience he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. He was released from prison in 1897 and went into an immediate self-imposed exile on the Continent. He died in Paris in ignominy in 1900.

General Fields

  • : 9780140366914
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Puffin Classics
  • : October 1994
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 13mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Oscar Wilde
  • : Paperback
  • : Lars Bo
  • : English
  • : good
  • : 224
  • : illustrations