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Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854, to the Irish nationalist and writer Speranza Wilde and the doctor William Wilde. After graduating from Oxford in 1878, Wilde moved to London, where he became notorious for his sharp wit and flamboyant style of dress.

Though he was publishing plays and poems throughout the 1880s, it wasn t until the late 1880s and early 1890s that his work started to be received positively. In 1895, Oscar Wilde was tried for homosexuality and was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. Tragically, this downfall came at the height of his career, as his plays, An Ideal Husband "and The Importance of Being Earnest, "were playing to full houses in London. He was greatly weakened by the privations of prison life, and moved to Paris after his sentence. Wilde died in a hotel room, either of syphilis or complications from ear surgery, in Paris, on November 30, 1900.
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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199540764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540761
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.5 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Does NOT contain *De Profundis,* nor the complete fairy tales (only two are included). Otherwise, a very usable, well-made volume.
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Great treat to have this always there on my Kindle. Sometimes nothing but Wilde will do.
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A worthy compilation of Wilde's work....
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I have this title in the hardcover edition of 1989, with it's lovely green jacket. The Introduction is excellent and informed. I am fascinated at the wee selection of poems -- there are three only, and two of them are in the decadent vein in which Oscar penned his only novel and "Salome." I have just this moment finished listening to Stephen Fry's reading of "The Ballad of Reading Goal" on the Dove Audio 4-cassette box that includes the poem and the entire "De Profundis;" & I must disagree with Quentin Crisp, who called the ballad "bad poetry." It is uneven, yet it still retains much power, and some lines are extremely effective. "The Harlot's House" is probably my favourite poem, and is a work that continues to inspire my own fictive work. It is deliciously macabre. I return to this poet time and time again. Some find his life and his tragedy more interesting than his Work, but now in the twilight of my life I return more often to the poems and plays and essays than to the biographies. Peace unto his Shade.
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Fiction that has a reliable Christian world view. Wilde was a genius. Recommend The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde by Joseph Pearce as companion volume.
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