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`This new edition has all the expertise one expects of sucha volume.' Contemporary Review March 2001 --Wordsworth Editions --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author


Born in Ireland in 1856, Oscar Wilde was a noted essayist, playwright, fairy tale writer and poet, as well as an early leader of the Aesthetic Movement. His plays include: An Ideal Husband, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, and Lady Windermere's Fan. Among his best known stories are The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Canterville Ghost.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006096393X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060963934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I have no idea what the other people in the comments are even talking about.
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Most paperbacks the size of this one, nearly 3" wide, are hard to hold onto but the quality of this paperback is very good and text size easily readable.
Marilyn A. Campbell
I can't think of a single writer to match Wilde's gift for coining clever and witty remarks and paradoxical epigrams, both in his work and in his life.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By MaratsBathing on July 26, 2005
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If you believe literature's main purpose in existence is to induce pleasure, you could probably never find a better writer than Oscar Wilde.

All his plays are absolute delights from start to finish, even the ones that aren't The Importance of Being Earnest. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a fantastic novel and a deserved classic. His poetry's derivative, but not bad by any stretch of the imagination. His stories, essays, letters, collections of epigrams, and other various writings are excellent reading as well, if you don't mind occasional melodrama or other minor missteps.

This is a relatively expensive collection, but one that is well worth it. I don't regret spending a penny. The print's a readable size and, to my somewhat expansive knowledge on Wilde, none of his writings have been omitted or forgotten.

Essential for those who want to enjoy literature while allowing it to expand the mind, but also looking for something deeper than Tuesdays With Morrie or other modern, popular tripe.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
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Whoa! I was totally unfamiliar with the works of Oscar Wilde, until I bought this one on a friend's recommendation. It's huuuuuge, yet incredibly beautiful. Dorian Gray must be one of the greatest stories ever told, his poems are razor-sharp, his letters not less, and every line he comes up with is quotable. If you want to make sure you don't miss a thing, this is the book to get (and try his biography, especially the part about the trial).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn A. Campbell on June 24, 2002
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Most paperbacks the size of this one, nearly 3" wide, are hard to hold onto but the quality of this paperback is very good and text size easily readable. So far I have found every Oscar Wilde entry I was looking. Highly recommend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on December 20, 2005
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The title says it all. This is THEE complete works of Ireland's gift to Victorian London. Wilde's plays, essays, poems, his sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and his last bitter work, De Profundus, (From The Depths) a letter to his lover and betrayer, Lord Alfred Douglas, is re-printed as well. For the price, it's the best way to add this celebrated, tragic wit to your library.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sakib on June 30, 2010
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1) The table of contents were messed up. For example, instead of "Chapter One...[title of story/play]" it was literally "Chapter One...Chapter One".

2) The stories/plays did not have headings. The "Chapters" would end mid-sentence and start mid-sentence, without any sort of connection whatsoever.

Oscar Wilde is a great author, and if you want to do him any justice, buy the Collins Publication instead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1998
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This is absolutely essential for anyone interested in Wilde's works, not the least for including the original four-act version of "The Importance of Being Earnest." This version of the play is delightful! Also contains Wilde's wonderful fairy tales and the macabre "Picture of Dorian Gray." Such wonderful prose, poetry, and drama -- perhaps the greatest writing of Victorian England.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lazyconquistador on June 28, 2010
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This is not a sensible product. It is a mess of randomly scanned sections with no titles or headings. Do not waste your time with this book, I'm sure there has to be a more organized collection of Oscar Wilde. General Books should be ashamed of their unmatchable laziness.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kristian Lavrentidis on June 17, 2010
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This travesty of a book is just a collection of completely illegible sections. There are no headlines, and no text to speak of. Unless you are well familiar with exactly how to scan, extract, and all other kinds of complicated computer procedures, you are left with something that ressembles shredded newspaper articles, assembled at random. They are selling you computer links under pretense of being an actual book. If I wanted to read the blasted thing online, I would not have ordered a bound book in the first place!

I was misled by the multitude of positive reviews here, but it seems to me now that all of them have forgotten one crucial thing: they were supposed to review the PRODUCT, not the writer. We all love Oscar Wilde, or we would not be perusing this page to begin with. The issue is not how great his works were, but what kind of product this book is, and in my opinion, it cannot be called a book at all.

Open it up, and try to make sense of out the gibberish inside. I have no desire to sit and work out all the intricacies of OCR and PDF files; I simply want to curl up with a good book. I am never going to order from this fraudulent company known as "General Books" again, but am instead going to invest in a better, albeit more expensive, collection of the great authour's works. Unless you want to sit endless hours by the computer to read a "book", I suggest you do the same.
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