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The Complete Fairy Tales

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  10,952 ratings  ·  292 reviews
The Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde includes the two definitive story collections The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) and A House of Pomegranates (1891). This volume collects exquisite and poignant tales of true beauty, selfless love, generosity, loyalty, brilliant wit, and moral aestheticism, such as "The Birthday of the Infanta," "The Selfish Giant," The Nighting ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Norilana Books (first published 1891)
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Lovely tales. Read it as a little kid. Loved it beyond time and measure.
The Happy Prince
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Selfish Giant
The Devoted Friend
The Remarkable Rocket (c)
"She has no conversation," he said, "and I am afraid that she is a coquette, for she is always flirting with the wind." (c)
So he alighted just between the feet of the Happy Prince.
"I have a golden bedroom," he said softly to himself ... (c)
"What is the use of a statue if it cannot keep the rain off?" he said; "I m
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I came upon it in my grandmother's library when I was a kid. Read it furtively, convinced it was dangerous stuff. Read it compulsively, swept away.
The Happy Prince and Other Tales

The Happy Prince - a swallow who was left behind after his flock flew off to Egypt for the winter, meets the statue of the late "Happy Prince" (4 stars)

The Nightingale and the Rose - a nightingale overhears a student complaining that his professor's daughter will not dance with him, as he is unable to give her a red rose (4 stars)

The Selfish Giant the Selfish Giant owns a beautiful garden which has 12 peach trees and lovely fragrant flowers, in which children love
A lovely collection of Oscar Wilde's eight fairy tales, of which I'd only known two previously. The tales are fantastical parables meant to get across a morale, and at the same time deliver harsh social criticism in Wilde's trademark wit ladden with subtle mockery. I found myself laughing out loud at times when I was supposed not to, just because of the wordplay.

My favourites of the eight were "The Happy Prince," a bittersweet story of compassion and its cost; "The Devoted Friend," maybe the mos
Arun Divakar
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I have been waiting to read for a while now for two reasons. The first is the need to read up on fairy tales from across the World. This was one of those interests that was forever doomed to be in the attic of my mind. I would glance at my wish list and keep the fairy tales aside for just one more time. So finally I mustered up enough resolve and got this book to read. The second reason was that I hadn’t read anything by Oscar Wilde yet and thought of starting from here. It c ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The Selfish Giant" and "The Happiest Prince" are some of the best stories ever written. Poor, tortured Oscar Wilde--how did he turn out such beautiful stuff??? A beautiful soul in a tormented body perhaps. I love these stories--everyone should read them multiple times.
Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sensitive souls
It's sometimes hard to read--you can almost see Oscar Wilde mentally beating himself up while he's writing some of these stories, particularly when he writes about beauty. He wrote some of these while in prison, after all. But they're beautiful stories, and my favorite has always been The Happy Prince. Never fails to make me cry.
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I was swept away to the lands where the stories are set. And I enjoyed every moment of it.
The stories are simple fairy tales, probably meant for kids... but as an adult I found them very engaging and thought provoking.
There is a charm in the words of the authors that is just irresistible.
This collection comprises both the Happy Prince compilation and the House of Pomegranates compilation of Oscar Wilde's short stories. I suppose this wonderful collection has been buried so long because of Wilde's sexual orientation. That's so sad because it means that millions of children growing up over the past several decades have missed experiencing these tales. I'm glad to see that the collection is back in print and have finally found it in my local bookstore.

The "Complete Fairy Tales of O
David Edmonds
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
I'll admit up front that I've never read anything by Oscar Wilde before now, and I think that I'm sorry that I've waited this long. I thoroughly enjoyed his fairy tales, and even found myself underlining multiple passages in the book for future reference. I felt that his insight into life and love and all the joy and troubles that come with both was quite remarkable and still very relevant for our time, even though these stories were written over 100 years ago. I'm sure that if I were more verse ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection is an absolute treasure trove! Each story is a bright and shining gem of To Die For prose. I just can’t believe it’s over already!
This is a book I must own on my own bookshelf; I’ve always been obsessed with fairy tales and these are truly some of the best I’ve ever read. I recommend this stunning work of art to all book lovers.
It’s the perfect collection of bedtime stories.
Thank you Oscar Wilde for sharing your genius with the world!!
This is the first long ago high school (and community college) mandated reminiscent read that I've done since I decided to start the new year with, among other things, lifting my self imposed ban on all the white male hoards that used to claw so presumptuously for my attention. I wasn't amazed or anything by this one, but it was deeply nostalgic to read something so forthright in its ethos and aesthetics, oftentimes soaring to glorious heights whilst utilizing the sorts of seductive overtones of ...more
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, classics
What I learned:
I have been in a fit of deliberation as to how I would rate these tales. I am ashamed to say that I first wanted to give this five stars for the mere magnificence of the author. I say ashamed because ever since the preface of The Picture of Dorian Gray, I have shared a belief that, although an artist cannot ever create a piece of art without putting his or her self into it, each piece of art can and should only ever be criticized for the ideas it has been loaned. I have thankfully
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fantasy
If you know me, you know I love Wilde. In fact, his wit, writing, humor, and being prone to dramatics establish him as one of my favorite authors. Most of the stories in this anthology enchanted me; others were unforgivably boring (ahem I'm looking at you, The Fisherman and His Soul.)

I bet Wilde is rolling in his grave because I called one of his stories boring. Oops.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed these tales. Each is a credit to the wonderful and dark mind of Oscar Wilde. Although each tale is "typical" in the fairy tale style, Oscar Wilde has added his particular style and flair to them. Slightly off the norm, with a twist of dark.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, fiction
Love love love! Very, very depressing though. It you want a cute story, don't turn to this. The cutest sounding one in the book is "The Nightingale and the Rose", and guess what: The Nightingale ends up dieing in the end. Such good stories, but be prepared.
Christina Rothfusz
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for fairy tales. New fairy tales, never heard before - double the pleasure.

Any author that can write "The Happy Prince" or the "The Selfish Giant" with as much feeling as any of he's famous poems demands respect.

By far my favourite was the Nightingale and the rose.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best fairy tales ever...just perfect and thoughtful and glorious and irreverent and sad and clever.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My very favorite is "The Happy Prince". Such love and compassion!
Ana A
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
1. The Happy Prince ★★★★★
12/28/15: It was lovely! Heartwarming, sad, yet still had some funny moments.

2. The Nightingale and the Rose ★★★★☆
1/2/16: What the heck. I can't believe the ending! (view spoiler) Ugh, I'm so irritated. But it's still mostly beautifully written, though.

3. The Selfish Giant ★★★★★
1/13/16: I was anticipating Wilde's
Sassafras Lowrey
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book much more than I thought I would. I think that Wilde does some really interesting things with keeping a fairytale voice while telling new stories - heavy Christian themes, heavy handed morals a very interesting read
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A charming compendium of tales that I would describe as some of the saddest fairy stories I have ever read.
I can openly cry at The happy prince, the Nightingale and the rose and the selfish giant.
Every one has a moralising aspect, pride, greed, lack of respect, the sin of thinking oneself greeter than you actually are, the mocking and putting down of others you perceive as beneath you either in looks or station in life, each is didactic and tries hard to tell the reader that if they have some of
Marko Bađun
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Young King - 4
The Birthday of the Infanta - 4
The Fisherman and his Soul - 3
The Star-Child - 5

The Happy Prince - 5
The Nightingale and the Rose - 4
The Selfish Giant - 4
The Devoted Friend - 3
The Remarkable Rocket - 3
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Fluffy Mr Wilde very nicely written but sugar sweet.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed these stories.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ah, on what little things does happiness depend!"

"Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one's prejudices."

"the secrets of art are best learned in secret, and that Beauty, like Wisdom, loves the lonely worshipper."

"'In war,' answered the weaver, 'the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich make slaves of the poor.'"

"'The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world's sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer.'"

"Injustice has parcelled
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars because of "The Birthday of the Infanta" and "The Fisherman and His Soul".
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful classic fairytales. Not only for kids. Moral lessons for all of us.
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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 ...more

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