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 co
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Mass Market Paperback, 1246 pages
Published August 4th 2003 by Collins (first published 1927)
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Tosh
So essential it's not even funny. Not a better writer in the English language. Also if one can have a hero in this world, I think Wilde can fit that bill. He maybe the first writer that I realize was a rebel of sorts. My first actual rock n' roll figure that I looked up to.

I started reading Wilde as a young teenager - due to the fact that he seemed to be the most glamourous figure in literature. Most of my high school friends were into the Beats or such toss as Jonathan Bach, but Wilde was my (a...more
Rachelandthecity
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.

Anyone...more
Spencer
What can I say? You either love Wilde or you don't understand him, and I love him.
Courtney
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,...more
El
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...more
Kris Larson
I actually hate having all my Wilde in one volume. When I lived in my studio apartment and found myself alone of an evening, I would sometimes make tea and cucumber sandwiches and curl up to re-read The Importance of Being Earnest. But now I've got this great big book which refuses to be curled up with -- I should never have sold my individual Earnest. Still, it's nice to have access to Wilde-ian works I probably wouldn't own otherwise.
Leila M
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.
Jacob
Psst! Hey, Maureen, look what I found!
Shanna
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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 that you're getting everything. You get background history, the fairy tales, plays, novel, essays. Quick in the fact that most everything in this book you can just breeze through w...more
DalalK.
Plays:
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 **
Stories:
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...more
Kristen
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...more
Barbara
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...more
outraged
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...more
Cecilia
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!
Eve
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...
Amanda
Oct 29, 2007 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
Raven
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...more
Simon Bendle
I read De Profundis. If you haven’t already, you should too. It’s stunning - an incredibly moving, profound and beautifully written piece of prose. Wilde, languishing alone in Reading Gaol, approaching the end of his two-year sentence for gross indecency, is writing to Lord Alfred Douglas, the vain, empty-headed, upper-crust young man whose outrageous, selfish behaviour brought him to ruin. In his letter, Wilde talks of the misery and shame he has endured since his conviction and imprisonment. H...more
Mark Colenutt
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...more
Jess Scott
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...more
Angela Ding
Practically Everyone in my middle school is going on and on and on about Harry Potter, Divergent and such, whereas I am silently cursing their lack of classic literature in their minds. Probably I'm the only one who loves books as magical as this.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" is the biggest treat.
All of the characters have the most beautiful traits; especially Lord Henry.


Thank you Oscar Wilde, for enlightening me with your philosophies
Mike
The fairy tales are the best part. They are very young tales where the greatest sin of the evil kings and queens are hypocrisy and entitlement. There is great tragedy in them also. There is a rage against that throughout. They fit well with youth of any generation and especially in that post WWII America of the 1960s.

The writing is beautiful and flowing, the only complaint being that in Dorian Gray for instance the writing gets in the way of the story a bit much and it could have been faster to...more
Lex
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...more
Paul Cool
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
Melissa
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...more
Aingheal Apryll
[The Picture of Dorian Grey: ****]
Great book. Awesome. Fantastical. All those things. A real must-read.

[Lord Arthur Savile's Crime]

[The Canterville Ghost]

[The Sphinx Without a Secret]

[The Model Millionaire]

[A House of Pomegranates]

[The Happy Prince]

[The Importance of Being Earnest]

[Lady Windermere's Fan]

[A Woman of No Importance]

[An Ideal Husband]

[Salomé]

[The Duchessof Padua]

[Vera, or the Nihilsts]

[A Florentine Tragedy]

[La Sainte Courtisane]

[Poems in Verse: Currently Reading]
His poems kind of di...more
CeCe Autonomy
For me, Oscar Wilde has always stood out amongst his contemporaries. Something about his writing allows him to present complex ideas in an elegant way without lacking clarity. In plays such as The Important of Being Earnest, his humour is so cutting that it is has endured the last 100 years of social developments and the emersion of modern comedy. His wit is not at the expense of emotional attachment with his characters and narratives. The tenderness of his poetry portrays the tragedy of much of...more
angie haney
May 18, 2007 angie haney rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Sophie
A fabulous collection of Oscar Wilde's work.

You could read the book cover to cover if you so desired, or dip in and out of it as and when the mood suits.

Full of incredibly profound and moving work, some of the children's stories in particular are just heartbreaking.

The Ballard of Reading Gaol is a suburb piece of poetry and is worth a read even if poetry isn't your thing.

All in all a great compilation, I don't think this book could really be improved on.


On a side note, Morrisey (previously of T...more
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