Short Stories by Oscar Wilde

Edited By Mike Royston
ISBN: 0-7487-2482-6
89 p.
$15.95 Paper

Oscar Wilde is best known for his questionably moral stories of decadence and dandyism in such novels as The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his fame is also well established as a dramatist with a searing sense of social satire. However he began his literary career in 1888 with a book of short stories called The Happy Prince and Other Tales. This edition explores the unabridged texts of five of these uncharacteristically moralizing fairy tales with an in-depth commentary on the symbolism of their characters and narratives. A running glossary also helps the introductory reader become familiar with the more dated uses of language unique to the late 19th Century.

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