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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - It was Lady Windermere's last reception before Easter, and Bentinck House was even more crowded than usual. Six Cabinet Ministers had ...more
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Published September 1st 2004 by 1st World Library (first published 1887)
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Nina Rapsodia
Jul 01, 2015 Nina Rapsodia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: relectura, 2015
Una fotoreseña de una edición que vale mucho la pena tener.

Oscar Wilde es mi escritor favorito y uno de mis proyectos es irme haciendo poco a poco con todas sus obras ya sea ensayo, obra de teatro y cuentos. Esta edición es una de sus obras más conocidas y cuenta con cuatro relatos donde se muestra su lado más humorísitico y sarcástico donde predomina la parodia de los relatos de terror, el relato detectivesco entre otras críticas a la sociedad victoriana.

Estos relatos son una relectura para mí
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Franco  Santos
Siempre es un placer enorme leer a Oscar Wilde. En esta recopilación de cuentos me encontré con un lord perturbado por una profecía, un fantasma frustrado que busca descansar, un hombre pobre con una belleza pletórica y dos amigos hablando sobre una misteriosa mujer.

Buenos relatos.
Jamie
I have noticed that different editions have different content. My edition included Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Canterville Ghost, The Model Millionaire, The Sphinx Without a Secret, and The Portrait of Mr. W.H.

By far my favourite of the bunch is The Canterville Ghost. It is a riot of a ghost story. The ending could have been a little better but apart from that it was Wilde perfection. A perfect story to read for Halloween, I think.

The only story that I really didn't enjoy was The Portrait o
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Everett Darling
Nov 09, 2008 Everett Darling rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fatalists and Chiromanists
Shelves: 2008
"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast."
Charles
When I read any of Wilde's Stories, or plays, I understand why he was regarded as one of the most flamboyant and controversial figures of English literature. While nonetheless sophisticated, Wilde emphasizes ,through his attentive-seeking controversial aspects, the need for a change of perception during the late nineteenth century. Therefore he can be accredited as being one of the chief agents of change in literature during those times.

1) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

My second favourite story in t
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Dagny
This is only for the title story, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.

I enjoyed this story but thought the way it ended was a bit abrupt. Probably Wilde's ending is the best, but I would have either ended it before Lord Arthur joined the two women or carried on a couple of more paragraphs after he joined them.
Sophiee
I loved this story because Lord Arthur Saville seemed so unhinged but in an incredibly logical way. Of course it is wonderfully written and laced with interesting, philosophical, Wildean quotes. I thoroughly recommend this and because it is a short story reading it does not take long.
Maria Carmo
Jul 07, 2014 Maria Carmo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Like everything written by Oscar Wilde, this is a piece of art. Yet, it did not touch me much, except by the sheer absurd of the whole main story. The short story at the end is under the same influence of a weird black sense of humour.

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 7 July 2014.
Hannah
As always with Wilde, a witty, interesting collection, with a penchant for telling about tragedies, reversals, and misunderstandings. The Canterville Ghost was definitely the funniest for me (and interesting to read as a precursor to Beetlejuice!), though I felt like I wasn't quite getting the ending. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime felt almost like a critique of unthinking commitment to a particular religion or philosophy, and then saying your life has turned out well because of it when it's really ...more
Cathy
Some of Wilde's short stories include:
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime - a palm-reader tells you he sees that you are going to commit murder. What do you do? Decide to get it over with before your marriage.
The Canterville Ghost - I didn't know Wilde wrote this. I saw the very funny movie years ago. What is a proper English ghost to do when the new owners of the house are an unflappable American family?
The Sphinx Without a Secret - marginal. Not very interesting.
The Model Millionaire - You want to marr
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arcobaleno
Un titolo che prelude a un giallo; e forse lo è, ma in maniera inaspettata…
Un omicidio; anzi, più di uno, ma nessuno è un delitto…
Un destino annunciato; ormai stabilito a priori, eppure …
Insomma… un noir che riserva molte sorprese; un racconto che sa ironizzare con misura su certi comportamenti umani; completo e geniale; e che, nonostante la brevità, merita assolutamente le quattro stelline.

(Il testo originale a fronte mi ha permesso di godere di un inglese sciolto e facilmente comprensibile: g
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Fleur
The last story was a bit of a bummer but the first four I highly enjoyed. The same style and humour as the picture of Dorian gray. Very interested in the rest of his works
Peter
Oscar Wilde is known for his wit, critical and incisive commentary concerningo society and his wry turn of phrase. Indeed, if Wilde's writings will someday fade, his individual wry comments will surely remain. While two of the short stories in this book are interesting, the overall success of this book is muted by three other stories that are dry, uninteresting and seem to serve more as filler than creative works of art.

"Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" is a clever story which poses a question of wha
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Timothy Ferguson
This is a set of collected short stories by a noted English wit, but given his scandalous life and skill in transgressive bon mots, I found it suprisingly subdued. The first story, which is about a man who discovers he is fated to become a murderer, and decides it’s only fair on his fiance to get it out of the way before marriage, is charming. The Canterville Ghost is a lovely deconstruction of tropes, but less funny than, for example, Tales Told After Supper by Jerome K. Jerome. His folk tales ...more
Beatrice Santos
(I decided to do a review in Portuguese because I read an edition of this book in that language and so it wouldn't make sense to do a review in any other language)
Prefiro fazer uma review deste livro na língua de Camões porque o li na mesma, e não faria sentido fazer diferentemente.
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Quem já alguma vez teve a brilhante oportunidade e o prazer de ler O retrato de Dorian Gray (The picture of Dorian Gray) sabe que a escrita de Oscal Wilde é magnífica e deliciosa no sentido de que o leitor fica tão
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Tim
It seems to me that some here are not taking into account the potential for wider echoes, for deeper metaphors, contained within some of these stories, beyond the cute and clever word-play and emotional moral parables. There is, it seems to me for example, a rather blatant hint towards the end of “The Portrait of Mr W.H.” that, as wonderful as the plot's fabrication is, it is itself a particular shadow on a certain cave wall...

But perhaps its just my cataracts...
Femke
I enjoyed this book a lot. I personally think "The Portrait of Mr. W.H." the most intriguing (although others may have thought it dull). "Lord Arthur Savile's crime" and "The Canterville Ghost" are a delight to read. "The Sphinx Without A Secret" and "The Model Millionaire" are interesting. The latter has a slightly predictable end, but is nonetheless wonderful.
Irene Lovebooks
Este libro es una recopilación de cuatro relatos escritos por Oscar Wilde en varios periódicos y luego recopilados en este libro. No he leído mucho de Wilde, lo único que he leído ha sido una adaptación en inglés de El retrato de Dorian Gray, libro que quiero leer bien.

El libro en conjunto es fantástico, los cuatros relatos no me han decepcionado, si no que me han encantado. Creo que es un buen libro del autor y a ver si leo algo más sobre el autor, dado que es un clásico y sus libros son genial
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Lucynell
A mostly disappointing collection written at what the more informed call 'height of Oscar Wilde's creative power,' redeemed in part by the inclusion of The Canterville Ghost, a short so good if you can't find it single you might as well buy the whole thing. It's an unusual ghost story, funny and moving and as fresh today as it must have been a hundred and twenty years ago when it was first published. The Portrait of Mr W. H., and The Fisherman and His Soul are cool too but could do with some edi ...more
Ali
nice story but with a dull ending
CarnivorousChild
I have no sufficient time to comment as the rest of you do; I should only utter a brief remark.
I admired the whole book; though I still have to read the last story, "The Portrait of Mr. W. H."

What I most enjoyed was that in 'The Fisherman and his Soul', the mystical influence of 'One Thousand and One Night' was highly apparent in Oscar's style and imagination. His writing was quite enchanting that it drew me into a slightly vivid reverie under the use of a regular THC dose. And also 'The Happy
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Sarah
This is only for the title story, just as a heads-up.

This story is a fast little read, and while the subject matter is actually very dark when you get down to it, this is surprisingly hard to realize because of Wilde's ever-splendid and refreshing way of wording the scenario. I think that this story is kind of trying to poke fun at more serious crime and murder novels while also being somewhat serious in itself. Once again, I am highly satisfied by Wilde's marvelous work. It'd a lot like a dark
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Patrícia
Opinião do blogue Chaise Longue: http://girlinchaiselongue.blogspot.pt...

Este conto foi originalmente publicado com outros em 1887, o primeiro ano daquele que é considerado o período mais intelectual do seu autor, Oscar Wilde, irlandês de nascimento, londrino de vivência, dândi e génio. Dramaturgo, escreveu contos infantis e críticos e a sua obra mais conhecida é o seu único romance, O Retrato de Dorian Gray.

Este pequeno conto onde podemos ter uma pequena amostra da beleza, do cinismo e do requi
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Anastasia Hobbet
I was surprised when I discovered I hadn't read this set of Oscar Wilde's short stories. They're mordant and poignant, Wilde's own brand--and they reawakened my interest in one of the abiding mysteries about Wm. Shakespeare: Who inspired his Sonnets, which he dedicated to 'Mr W H'? Wilde's story is about a theory founded in Wilde's time by Thomas Tyrwhitt, which said that the Sonnets were dedicated to Willie Hughs or Hues. Tyrwhitt gathered the 'evidence' from the Sonnets alone. Young boys playe ...more
Wayne

Prelude to a Review: (...just setting the context!)


Two weeks traversing some of Australia's most inhospitable country!!!
Across New South Wales into South Australia to meet up with an Aboriginal Woman who will take my brother-in-law and I into the rugged yet beautiful and most ancient Flinders Ranges. And then further north to meet a cattle station owner who has contributed to almost every movie that has been made in this area going back as far as the 1957 film"Robbery Under Arms" starring Austra
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Madalin Boboc
Ok,so it seems that people here have two different sets of story whit some in common.
I have Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Canterville Ghost, The Model Millionaire, The Sphinx Without a Secret, and The Portrait of Mr. W.H. so I will only give my opinions of those,maybe I will also read the other short stories but for now are those five.

The Canterville Ghost: Wilde displays a healthy sense of humor,it's not great humor but still,you must at least be a bit brain-dead not to enjoy it.Later it beco
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Jason
These are some very good short stories of Oscar Wilde. My two favourites have to be the longer ones in the book.

Lord Arthur Seville's Crime is pretty messed up, at times it was very comical and did remind me of the Ealing comedies, all those failed attempts of murder. Brilliant Story.

And The Canterville Ghost is funny and very moving. I really did start to feel sorry for the ghost and felt like giving the twins a slap.

This collection is well worth reading for fans of Oscar Wilde.
Marta!
Feb 10, 2014 Marta! rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tube Trip
"Era la última recepción que daba Lady Windermere, antes de comenzar la temporada primaveral. Los salones de Bentink House se hallaban más llenos de invitados que nunca".

[Otros Relatos: El príncipe feliz]
[Otros Relatos: El amigo fiel] --> "Jamás me he casado ni he pensado nunca en hacerlo. Indudablemente, el amor es una buena cosa a su manera; pero la amistad vale más. LE aseguro que no conozco en el mundo nada más noble o más raro que una fiel amistad".
Alex Hernández
Muchos pensarán mal de mí al notar que he calificado al maestro Wilde con solo cuatro estrellas. Este relato corto, como muchos otros, es un tributo a la filosofía poética. Sin embargo, y es aquí donde busco justificarme, el final me pareció en un tiempo... incorrecto. Es decir, el relato hubiera sido perfecto si hubiera terminado antes o bien un par de párrafos después. Lord Arthur por otro lado me pareció un personaje digno de la mente de Oscar Wilde y los sucesos se entrelazan con la maestría ...more
Carly Krewitsky
My favorite Oscar Wilde short story is The Canterville Ghost, which I discovered in my Victorian Gothic class in 2012. I chose to do my presentation on Oscar Wilde, and was told to read The Canterville Ghost and The Picture of Dorian Gray. The Canterville Ghost is a really funny story because as hard as Sir Simon tries, he is unable to scare the Otis family. This frustrates him immensely. I did not care for Lord Arthur Savile's crime because he feels that he must murder someone before he can mar ...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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