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Oscar Wilde The Complete Works (Collector's Library) Hardcover – October 9, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1907360244 ISBN-10: 1907360247

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Collector's Library
  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Library Editions (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907360247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907360244
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Willis Wilde (1854-1900) was the son of Sir William Wilde, a noted Dublin eye specialist, and Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde, a well-known Irish poet and journalist.  He was a brilliant student at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize in 1878 for his poem Ravenna. He married his wife Constance in 1884 and they had two sons. Wilde's most prolific period was between 1888 and 1895. Following an ill-advised lawsuit against Lord Alfred Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, for libel, Wilde was prosecuted for homosexual acts and imprisoned for two years with hard labor in Reading Gaol. He died in Paris in 1900.

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-98) was a book illustrator, caricaturist, poster-designer and novelist. He was closely associated with The Yellow Book, and illustrated The Rape of the Lock, The Lysistrata of Aristophanes and Oscar Wilde's Salome.
Charles Robinson (1870- 37) was one of the most popular and prolific black-and-white artists of the Edwardian era.  Brother of the artists Thomas and William Heath Robinson, he came to prominence when asked to illustrate Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses.

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Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.
His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB Adventures on January 7, 2013
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I was introduced to Oscar Wilde's writing on a recent trip to Ireland. I picked up a copy of this book while there and ended up buying another one from Amazon to give as a gift. Fantastic book! And for anyone visiting Ireland, I recommend the writers museum in Dublin!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Andre-Weingarten on December 26, 2012
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I am a huge fan of Oscar Wilde, & when my old copy went missing I was very upset. But I bought this copy to replace it & I'm more than happy with it. And after viewing several different copies before I bought this one, I have tot admit it was the beautiful cover that attracted me. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen C McMillan on February 24, 2013
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Oscar Wilde was a man ahead of his time...extremely versatile. Children's stories (that adults enjoy), the scary Picture of Dorian Gray, the funny, funny Ghost of the Cantervilles, wonderful, emotional plays like A Woman of No Importance, and the shake-your-head buffoonery of The Importance of Being Ernest. If you can't find something in Wilde's work to like, you just can't be pleased.
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