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Complete Shorter Fiction

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For the first time in one volume, this complete collection of all the short fiction Oscar Wilde published contains such social and literary parodies as "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and "The Canterville Ghost;" such well-known fairy tales as "The Happy Prince," "The Young King," and "The Fisherman and his Soul;" an imaginary portrait of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnet ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 288 pages
Published March 5th 1998 by Oxford University Press
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Ana Rînceanu
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime - Lord Arthur Savile, is introduced by Lady Windermere to Mr Septimus R. Podgers, a chiromantist, who reads his palm and tells him that it is his destiny to be a murderer. (4 stars)

The Sphinx without a Secret - When Lord Muchison catches sight of a mysterious and beautiful lady in a carriage on London's Bond Street, he is captivated and spends the next few days on the lookout for her again. (3 stars)

The Canterville Ghost - (3
Aug 16, 2016 Manab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
বেড়ে লাগছে।
ওয়াইলডের একটা বৈশিষটয একটু পরকট, আপনি সচরাচর পুরুষ চরিতরের এত উদদীপক বরণনা পাবেন না, বিশেষত দৈহিক। ডোরিয়ান গরে-র কষেতরে এমনটা ছিলো, এখানেও দেখা গেছে বারবার।
কিনতু আরো পরকট বৈশিষটয, আমার মনে হয়েছে তার সৌনদরযযবোধ। ইংরেজি যতখানি পড়েছি, ওয়াইলডের ভাষা আমার পড়া সেরাগুলির একটা হবে।
লরড আরথার সযাভিলের শেষ গলপ বাদে বাকী তিনখান, সুখী রাজকুমারের সব কয়টা, ডালিমবাড়ির মাঝের দুইটা, বিশেষ করে জনমদিনেরটা অসাধারণ, অসাধারণ। শেষের পাঁচটা গদযকাবয (গলপই ত বোধ হলো), এরাও অসাধারণ ঠেকেছে আমার কাছে, দিবযি।
Ben Loory
Mar 18, 2009 Ben Loory rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ben by: mo
i don't think i've ever used the word "exquisite" before, especially in relation to anyone's writing, but the writing in these stories really is exquisite. the stories themselves are flawlessly conceived and executed; every other line a perfect quotable paradox. my only complaint is that it all got a little claustrophobic after all. so perfect, so finely-wrought, so heartbreakingly sad, so clever... it was all just a little bit too just-so. there are no car chases, no fistfights, no people yelli ...more
Esma Tezgi
Nov 24, 2016 Esma Tezgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Toplu Öyküler genel olarak güzel bir kitaptı, bazı hikayeleri çok sevdim, bazılarını ise sevdiğimi pek söyleyemem. Benim öykü türü ile aram pek iyi değil, seviyorum ama uzunca roman okumak öncelikli tercihim. Kitap güzeldi, ince taşlamalar, zekice ayrıntılar vardı ancak çok iyi bulmadım ben, biraz eksik yönleri vardı öykülerin. Özellikle sona doğru yer alan hikayeler fazla masalsı ve çocuk yaştaki insanlara uygundu. Yine de Oscar Wilde'ın öykülerini okumak isteyenlere tavsiye ederim. Zaten kitab ...more
Jun 09, 2017 Iz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017

Loved the first and last story the most
Jun 08, 2010 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always had a suspicion that Oscar Wilde is a prime example of style over substance. Yes the writing is arch and clever, the epigrams are well crafted and plentiful – but is there really anything else there? Is his fiction merely just an excuse for Oscar to show off his brilliant intelligence and keen wit? Is there much else going on behind that?

It’s something I raise knowing I’ll never reach a satisfactory answer, but this collection does contain examples for both the defence and the prose
Although, I prefer Wilde's plays over his stories, this is a splendid collection of Wilde's short fiction. The stories written for children are my most favourite ones. They all are brilliantly crafted and achingly sweet, ending on a rather melancholy note. As you would expect from children stories, they all contain some kind of moral lessons, most of them promoting Christian values of self-sacrifice, charity, love and friendship. Often I had my heart in my mouth whenever a beautiful phrase or sc ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fairy tales lovers
Recommended to Hannah by: school
Plot: Oscar Wilde’s complete short stories is exactly what it sounds like on the cover. It is a variety of stories following different narratives, all of which have a key focus on morals and teachings. Appearing to make them designed for children rather than adults. The stories all vary in length with some being 1 or 2 pages long and others such as the happy prince were longer with more detail. The happy prince was properly my favourite story as the morals were so prominent with the focus point ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Laurel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stories made all the better by Frank Muller's excellent audio narration. Loved the mix of eeriness along with Wilde's classic, clever humor.
Mar 03, 2014 Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Oscar Wilde, short stories, and classics
Awesome! I don't think I could ask for more from a short story collection. These stories were thought-provoking, original, beautiful, inspiring... it was brilliant. Yes, some stories were better than others but that's an occupational hazard with short story collections, and I didn't mind a bit of light and shade. Oscar Wilde's writing is just amazing - the descriptions, the characterisation (particularly the way the characters react to things) - I love it.

My favourite stories were Lord Arthur S
Sep 17, 2012 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In most of his fairy tales and short stories Oscar Wilde attempted a seriousness, even a sobriety, that did not quite jell with the sardonic, witty persona he was developing. My theory on the nature of Wilde's tragedy is that his persona gained inner reality, as opposed to being merely a veneer to amuse and increase sales of his books, while the serious values suffered atrophy.

The serious values are conveyed in a few of the fairy tales, particularly "The Happy Prince" and "The Rose and the Night
Nina Rapsodia
Oct 01, 2013 Nina Rapsodia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Yo
Shelves: favorites, i-own-it
No es un misterio que Oscar Wilde es mi escritor favorito. Desde que probé su narrativa (precisamente sus cuentos hace como tres años) me volví incondicional fangirl suya. Hace poco aprovechando una oferta me hice con sus cuentos completos, en una edición con un buen prólogo y con parte de la biografía del autor (la que me conozco bastante bien).

En esta edicion (bastante pequeñita no pasa de las 350 páginas) tenemos los dos volúmenes de cuentos que Oscar Wilde publicó en vida, aparte de un relat
This volume contains all of Oscar Wilde's shorter works, including his fairy tales, which I had already read. The rest of it was new to me, although frankly there wasn't that much of it. The fairy tales are quite lovely though, by turns lyrical and cynical. They always seem to be heading the way most fairy tales do, but then there's a sharp and bitter twist, such as in "The Nightingale and the Rose". The nightingale's sacrifice and suffering is all for nothing because of a flighty young woman.

Nov 02, 2014 Rodrigo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A veces se nos olvida que Wilde, además de ser un dramaturgo y ensayista muy agudo, con un sentido de la ironía y la crítica social impresionantes, es ante todo un poeta finísimo. Esta colección de cuentos nos muestra al Wilde menos conocido, el reflexivo, casi filosófico: sensible, delicado, inmensamente humano, interrogándose acerca de Dios, de emociones humanas, de deseos, de sentimientos, de lo que de verdad es importante. Y conservando bajo todo eso una mirada crítica hacia la sociedad y su ...more
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888)
--The Happy Prince
--The Nightingale and the Rose
--The Selfish Giant
--The Devoted Friend
--The Remarkable Rocket

--The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1889)

A House of Pomegranates (1891)
--The Young King
--The Birthday of the Infanta
--The Fisherman and his Soul
--The Star-Child

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories (1891)
--Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
--The Sphinx Without a Secret
--The Canterville Ghost
--The Model
Lucy Herondale
Jun 05, 2014 Lucy Herondale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, anthologies

I really ejoyed this book, even though we can't say the stories have happy endings.

In fact, it was quite the contrary. But all of them had important messages to give us and that gave a whole new meaning to everything that happened.

My favourites were The Happy Prince , The Nightingale And The Rose and The Selfish Giant .

They were all stories of selfless love and who can resist that?
Aug 07, 2009 Margie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collections
Not what I was expecting.
A few of the stories demonstrated the social commentary I was expecting, but on the whole the stories were more Aesop than Saki.
Beautiful writing, and interesting if one is a fan or scholar of Wilde, but a bit of an odd hodgepodge.
Diego Dilo
Feb 27, 2017 Diego Dilo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me re gustó cómo escribe Oscar Wilde! Hubieron algunos cuentos que me encantaron, otro no tanto, pero muy bueno :)
All Mota
La prosa es incomparable

Sin duda, la forma de narrar de Wilde siempre será única, lo más apreciable de los relatos como conjunto, es el inmenso crecimiento de este y de su forma de ver el mundo, en los infantiles se ve bastante pronunciada la creencia del bien y el mal, de los castigos divinos y el temor a Dios, karma instantáneo, el peligro en ser vanidoso y la falta de humildad como algo mortífero.

Conforme pasan los relatos se va desplegando una idea general, del alma y la vida inmortal, pero
Aug 03, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal." (from "The Portrait of Mr. W.H.").
This book contains the collected short stories of Oscar Wilde. I must admit I never read anything by him before, but of course I knew him for the tons of witty quotes that exist by him. To me the short stories were a bit of a mixed bag. Most of them have some sort of moral - thus... advice -, but for me they ranged from accessible to incomprehensible. At the end of the day
Julie Rylie
I divided this review from tale to tale because there was too many of them, and my version is a Portuguese extremely old version so probably is not even the same book, and the short stories’ titles where translated by me, so it’s probably not the real name, but at least it’s written with synonyms:
1. The Happy Prince: It doesn’t look like something Wilde would write. It’s a sweet tale about poverty and what really is important to mankind.

2. The nightingale and the rose: Like most of the tales in
Michael Kokias
Feb 26, 2017 Michael Kokias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-reading
The stories are all amazing in their own right. Wilde is good, maybe even great, but what he definitely is is frustrating in the best possible way.
Steve Dilks
Feb 19, 2017 Steve Dilks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilde's tales are so absorbing and utterly human that you can't help but be affected. His fairy stories, which open this collection, are a pure delight. Of these, "The Happy Prince", is a tear jerking gem and a personal favourite. Of the second section, "The fisherman and his soul", is both a weird tale and a lesson in morality. Of the third part, "The Canterville Ghost" is the funniest yarn this side of P.G. Wodehouse. To read Oscar Wilde is to know beauty, sadness, wit and charm, all wrapped i ...more
Feb 19, 2017 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oscar Wilde is a genius writer. No one can argue that.
Charlie Rosenthal
Wilde, though certainly a fantastically gifted writer, seemingly does not work best in short story form. While I have yet to read his plays, the quality of the work presented in his Complete Short Stories is, to me, somewhat lower than that presented in The Picture of Dorian Gray or in his poetry. The high points of Wilde's short stories mostly come in his fairy tales, which are imbued with a sense of wonder in addition to a subtle notion of the exotic. The rest of his short stories, with the ex ...more
Jun 22, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, lovely! I quite adore Oscar Wilde's pretty language, especially since I read The Picture of Dorian Gray (although I'd been badly disturbed by the content for some time, but I suppose that's the point).

What discomforted me in this particular book of short fiction is the repeated biblical references. I disagreed with many of those interpretations, but in time I also realised that this was the author's way of understanding God; and honestly I could be severely biased against any view that oppos
Dec 20, 2014 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Oscar Wilde based on Dorian Gray, so I figured I'd try some more of his work. I really enjoyed "The Happy Prince," "The Nightingale and the Rose," "The Birthday of the Infanta," "The Fisherman and his Soul," and "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime." Others (like "The Portrait of Mr. W. H.") had to be trudged through.

Most of these are morality tales, and most of them include elements of fable (at least, talking animals or objects). Wilde sure follows the rule of three (especially in "The Fisherman
Aug 03, 2015 Scherzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ella tiene estilo- dijo para sí, mientras caminaba a través de la arboleda-, eso no se le puede negar, pero ¿tiene sentimientos? Me temo que no. De hecho es como la mayoría de los artistas, es toda estilo, sin ninguna sinceridad. No se sacrificaría por los demás. Piensa tan sólo en la música, y todo el mundo sabe que las artes son egoístas. Sin embargo, es preciso admitir que hay notas hermosas en su voz. ¡Qué lástima que no signifiquen nada, ni tengan ninguna utilidad práctica!
-El Ruiseñor y la
Joan Sebastián Araujo Arenas
Cada cuento de Wilde es distinto, aunque, si lo pienso bien, creo distinguir tres etapas o estilos marcados:

I) Los de juventud: Esta primera etapa está compuesta por El príncipe feliz y otros cuentos. Estos cuentos podrían considerarse dirigidos a los niños ―seguro los concibió para Cyril y Vyvyan― y que, además, podrían considerarse fábulas dado que, explícitamente o no, tienen una moraleja.

II) Intermedio: Esta segunda etapa está compuesta por Una casa de granadas. Estos ya no están dirigidos a
Aug 24, 2009 morbidflight rated it it was amazing
My first exposure to Wilde was a book of five short stories including "The Happy Prince", "The Birthday of the Infanta", "The Remarkable Rocket", the garden of the giant one with the heavy Jesus imagery, and "The Nightingale and the Rose". I'd read these fairly early in my life, and it was one of the enduring books of my childhood. After a brief disillusionment with teenage love (heh) I returned to "The Nightingale and the Rose" and clasped it to my heart, still in love with the idea of love and ...more
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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