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Plays, Prose Writings and Poems

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Introduction by Terry Eagleton

Oscar Wilde has been acknowledged as the wittiest writer in the English language. This collection proves that he was also one of the most versatile. Effortlessly achieved, each revealing a different aspect of his brilliance, all of the plays, prose writings, and poems gathered here support Wilde’s belief that
Hardcover, 728 pages
Published November 26th 1991 by Everyman's Library (first published January 1st 1930)
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Terence Carlisle
A wonderful overview. Included are his perversely provocative essays "The Critic As Artist" (in which he proves "that it is more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it, and that to do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world...that all Art is immoral and all thought dangerous; that criticism is more creative than creation, and that the highest criticism is that which reveals in the work of Art what the artist had not put there; that it is exactly because a man cannot do a t ...more
A very good collection of Oscar Wildes best-known and not-so-well-known writing, including his novel, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', and his two famous comedies, 'Lady Windermeres Fan' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'; also some essays, 'The Critic as Artist', 'The Soul of Man under Socialism' and poems, 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol', 'The Harlots House', 'The Sphinx', his prose poems, 'The Artist' and 'The House of Judgment'; and finally, 'A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educate ...more
Robert Blagov
Sep 22, 2015 Robert Blagov rated it really liked it
"The Importance of Being Earnest" is brilliant; "Dorian Grey" shite.
This book took me much longer to finish (compared with other books with similar page counts). The reason is simple: Most of the material included in this book was a chore to read (for me, anyway). However, as far as providing a varied sample of Oscar Wilde's output as an author, this book succeeds.

Liked: Importance of Being Earnest, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, and - up to a point - The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
What's not to love about this beautiful collection of Wilde's work? Oscar Wilde of course is rather a genius, and his life tragically of his time. I haven't read all of this wonderful tome, but love to dip in and read, to read something new, or reread an old favourite like The Importance of Being Earnest. I most recently read, and was bowled over by, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Amazing.
Dec 11, 2007 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, plays
I didn't read this whole book. I borrowed it from the library to read " The Importance of Being Ernest" which I did.
Shilo Fonseca
Dec 09, 2012 Shilo Fonseca rated it it was amazing
It's Oscar. Enough said. It's love.
Mark Stevens
May 31, 2012 Mark Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn that guy can turn a phrase
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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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