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Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

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In print since 1948, this is a single-volume collection of Oscar Wilde's texts. It contains his only novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters. Illustrated with many photographs, the book includes introductions to each section by Wilde's grandon, Merlin Holoand, Owen Dudley Edwards, Declan Kibertd and Terence Brown. A compr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1246 pages
Published August 4th 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1907)
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Nov 04, 2007 Rachelandthecity rated it it was amazing
Wilde has such a gift with phrasing, I always think about how parallel he seems to me with Ryan Adams. So many accolades so early, then such a fever to tear him apart.

Here's a few quotes:

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

What can I say? You either love Wilde or you don't understand him, and I love him.
Rosa Ramôa
Oct 19, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it

"A moda é uma variação tão intolerável do horror que tem de ser mudada de seis em seis meses" (Oscar Wilde)
1) The Picture of Dorian Gray
2) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
3) The Canterville Chost
4) The Sphinx Without a Secret
5) The Model Millionaire
6) The Young King
7) The Birthday of the Infanta
8) The Fisherman and His Soul
9) The Star-Child
10) The Happy Prince
11) The Nightingale and the Rose
12) The Selfish Giant
13) The Devoted Friend
15) The Remarkable Rocket
16) The Importance of Being Earnest
17) Lady Windermere's Fan
18) A Woman of No Importance
19) An Ideal Husband
20) Salome
21) The Duchess of Padua
22) Vera,
Okay, as recently, I'm mopping up some titles from "To Read Short Fiction Lists", genre and lit, and as I'm in the W's....

I had 3 pieces from Wilde on the list - I've previously read a *bit* of him (about 10 stories, mostly thanks to Dedalus Books Decadence series) but, for example, haven't tackled an obvious must-read like The Picture of Dorian Grey.

"Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" is probably the most "Wildean" thing here, and in it one can see Wilde's black humor and some origins of a writer like
Jul 12, 2015 Amena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant writing. Real, deep themes which one can relate to the present life. A fantastic ending. Definitely worth every single one of those 5 stars.
Jul 19, 2012 El is currently reading it
This review is a work-in-progress. I'm reading this whole collection, but will be reviewing the individual reads separately as I go along, so don't be all confused by the otherwise seemingly random posting of Wilde stories and plays.

I am going to skip reading The Picture of Dorian Gray because I read that just a few years ago. My review is behind that link; knock yourself out.

Individual reviews will be linked here as I go along, just to really annoy everyone each time it pops up in their updates
Oct 09, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Oscar Wilde is fabulous, and clever, and impossibly witty and Oscar Wilde knows it. Do yourself a favor, don't read this cover to cover - a little bit of Wilde goes a long way!

Random thoughts:
I was disappointed to find that the popular culture image of Dorian Grey didn't quite live up to the actual written depiction of him. Apparently the Victorian's were easily horrified, and I found some of the examples of his debauchery to be head scratchers. Especially his tendency to collect jewels and tap
Feb 17, 2009 Cecilia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oscar-wilde
I love Oscar Wilde. His tales have been part of my life since I was a child. In my teenager years his plays were the "shelter" when I felt sad. His work is wonderful, but, in this special edition, you can find everything he wrote, even the poems (which are not so good as his other works to me). I have a 1968 edition of this Collins Classics with beautiful illustrations and a great introduction by Vyvyan Holland. Beautiful edition!
Leila M
Jun 09, 2013 Leila M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
All of his work is so truthful and blunt. I started off collecting a few works here and there and ended up having to get the complete works.
The Importance of Being Earnest ***** Favourites
An Ideal Husband ***** Favourites (Blackmail)
Lady Windermere's Fan **
A Woman of No Importance ***** Favourites (Woman's Guilt)
The Sainte Courtisane *
A Florentine Tragedy **
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime ***
The Happy Prince ***** Favourites (A very touching story about poverty & social unjustice)
The Young King ***** Favourites (Moral: sympathy & compassion)
The Star-Child ***** Favourites (Heart breaking story. Moral: karma pay
Sep 13, 2012 outraged rated it it was amazing
A must-have for every lover of literature. Oscar Wilde is a writer like no other. His words speak directly to one's heart, their soul, their subconsciousness.. He changed the way I understood writing and reading entirely, made me fall in love with his every word and get lost in his ideas, his thoughts, his world.

I was 13 or 14 when I first picked up a paperback copy of his complete works on a whim. I remember feeling a little doubtful for buying such an expensive book from an author I had never
Oct 29, 2007 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Wow - why had a not read Oscar Wilde before? He immediately jumped to the top of my list of favorite authors...and easily at that! I love how an author who wrote over 100 years ago can make me laugh out loud; I love that his jabs at Americans are still relevant. So far the Canterville Ghost is my favorite, and I am currently reading the Picture of Dorian Gray.
Nov 15, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift from my dad when I was about 13 years old.
It's the special centenary edition.
It was love at first sight.
It's filled with my notes, my dried flowers (teen me was oh so romantic) and a piece of my soul.
☽ Su ☾
Jul 20, 2015 ☽ Su ☾ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wilde has such a gift with writing. He is fabulous, Honest and clever.
this book is a collection of Wilde’s writings containing his only novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters.

So many favorite quotes :

“Why, anybody can have common sense, provided that they have no imagination”

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

"What is a cynic?…A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothin
When I first read this I wasn't necessarily a fan of Oscar Wilde. I was just curious about his work and I realized the easiest and fastest way to read it all was just to buy the book and call it a day.

Overall a very interesting and relatively quick read. Interesting in the sense of getting everything. Background history, the fairy tales, plays, novel, essays are all accounted for, and quick to read in the fact of most everything in this book can be breezed
Oscar Wilde is always so delightful, although what disturbing children's stories! I certainly would never read those stories to a child, with the exception of 'The Remarkable Rocket'. My favorite short stories were 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost'.

Reading all the plays back to back does cause them to blend together just a bit, he had a habit of reusing his favorite lines over and over again. Overall I would say I enjoyed 'Vera' (The Nihilists) the most, which was the onl
angie haney
May 18, 2007 angie haney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: By all means YES!
This is THE book. Oscar Wilde writes with so much heart. His stories just ooze heart. Of all of his writings, Dorian Grey is probably my least favorite, and it is a masterpiece! The Happy Prince will tear your heart out. It is the most beautiful story I have ever read in my entire life. It is one of the things in my life that touched my heart so deeply that all I could do was cry at it's raw, pure, beauty. Every story has that same pure loveliness. This is a book that you can read over and over ...more
Kaye Mclaren
Dec 10, 2015 Kaye Mclaren rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books of all time. I got a copy for my 12th birthday and by age 16 had read every word. The way Oscar Wilde uses language is incredible, and had an indelible effect on me, as did his ideas. He is at his best when being witty, but more serious works like 'De Profundis' are moving and thought-provoking, and 'A Portrait of Dorian Gray' is one of the most effective horror stories ever written. He has an amazing range of genres, from plays (sad, witty, historical) and poetry, to l ...more
May 27, 2013 Eve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, classic
I love his fairy tales and stories. I love Dorian Gray, and I love his playfulness when it comes to questions of morality.
It was therefore so sad to read his 'De Profundis'. Although written under extreme conditions, and therefore miraculously coherent, it revealed such a bitterness and moral disapproval on the part of the author. Did it diminish the magnitude of his genius? I'm not sure...
Jessica Walters
Oscar Wilde is interesting because he can produce very effective satire without being just another misanthropist.
Nissa Rachmidwiati
I just got this book in my mailbox earlier today. I bought this frpm an online second-hand book store so it was pretty cheap. And it's very well worth every rupiah I spent. I was freakishly happy once I got this on my hand that I found myself wrapping my owned-books with plastic-cover for like 2 hours, it was started with me wrapping this holy Oscar Wilde's book, then after I finished I just went upstairs to get myself my pile of books then I started the work. For a clumsy person like me, coveri ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Raven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Dammit, I love me some Wilde. But little did I know how much until I read it all. The fiction, plays and poetry were of course superb, but I was also blown away by his letters (Most notably De Profundis) and journalistic work.
So many favorite quotes, I could fill an anthology, but these were my highlights in no particular order:
“Love is not fashionable any more, the poets have killed it. They wrote so much about it that nobody believed them, and I am not surprised”

“Why, anybody can have common
Mark Colenutt
Jul 13, 2013 Mark Colenutt rated it it was amazing
Oscar Wilde who taunted Victorian society by making mockery of their social mores and they loved it. What English speaking nation does not have a play of his running or films based on his works airing?

From school productions to Hollywood his popularity has no age or cultural bounds. He brought the power of the classical world into the 19th century theatre with his constant references to its mythology and thereby reminded us continually of our European origins. Only his wit surpassed his learning
Andreia Nuno
Jul 07, 2016 Andreia Nuno rated it it was amazing
There not enough adjectives to describe this book. Oscar Wilde is definitely one of my favorite authors of the Victorian age, his witty humor, his passion, his power of observation, and his melodically way of writing makes me what to read the stories all over again and feel what I felt the first time I read them.

I have my share of prose favorites, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" "An Ideal Husband", "The Importance of Being Earnest". They show a big knowledge and understanding of society, its probl
Jess Scott
Aug 26, 2010 Jess Scott rated it it was amazing
I should write another review for Edgar Allan Poe sometime (I frequently refer to both Poe and Wilde as "The Man")...but first, Oscar Wilde's anthology.

Wow, I've probably still more than half of this collection to get through, though I've read "De Profundis" (Mr. Wilde's 80-page letter to Bosie, written while he was in prison) several times. Over, and over, from beginning to end, and for some reason, it gets better and better with each read.

As Oscar Wilde states himself (is there a more brillian
Jan 28, 2016 Sharada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A major oeuvre in English literature! Wilde was a colossus who straddled the turn of the century and dominated the literary scene with his plays, poems and short stories. He jsut cannot be bypassed by anyone in the least interested in English literature.
Jul 25, 2008 Lex rated it it was amazing
This writer is truely amazing.
I enjoyed "A Picture of Dorian Gray" as well as "The Importance of Being Earnest" imensly.
However, i found "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" to be my favorite piece of writing by Wilde.
The emotion behind it is astounding.
It was his final piece of writing before his death. The last thing he had the chance to say and he spoke of the horrors thrust upon him in prison. It is a magnificent poem.

i now find myself quoting Wilde all to often.

My favorite writer of the momen
Paul Cool
Dec 13, 2013 Paul Cool rated it really liked it
Oscar Wilde, Complete Works (Collins Edition): Wilde’s work appears in a number of collections. This relatively complete one benefits from the analytic essays. After re-watching the only PBS miniseries on Lily Langtry that first introduced me to Oscar’s brilliance and tragedy, I decided to go beyond The Importance of Being Earnest and read his poems, essays, short stories, novels and other plays. Only about half-way through (the stories – Canterville Ghost, Dorian Gray – and plays are still to g ...more
I spent a year reading Collins Complete Works of Oscar Wilde and don't regret about half of it. He was clearly a very unique, talented, and opinionated man. Most of his works were 'perfectly delightful' as he would say, but some were clearly above my reading level...or just not of interest to me.

When I did enjoy something like The Picture of Dorian Gray, most of the short stories and plays, particularly The Importance of Being Earnest, or the essays De Profundis, Two Letters to the Daily Chroni
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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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