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The Complete Fairy Tales

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  10,265 ratings  ·  262 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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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
La Talpa
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017august, klassiker
Eine sehr schöne Sammlung an Märchen. Manche fand ich natürlich besser als andere, aber gefallen hatten sie mir alle. Der Schreibstil ist sehr leichtfüßig und wunderbar zu lesen und das obwohl diese Märchensammlung von 1888 ist.

Besonders das Märchen vom glücklichen Prinzen hat mich in meine Kindheit zurückgebracht, da ich es bereits aus den "Erzähl mir was"- Bänden kenne und ich als Kind diese Märchen- und Kindergeschichtenreihe geliebt habe.

Ein richtig schönes Lesevergnügen ❤
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.
Sophie VersTand
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klassiker
Bisher habe ich mich ja erfolgreich um Oscar Wildes Werke herummanövriert, dabei fiel mein Interesse schon recht früh auf seine Geschichten. Der "Dorian Gray" ist leider nach wie vor ungelesen, kam mir aber als stilistische Adonis-Narziss-Mischung bereits in Aufsätzen vor.
Wildes "Märchen" sind öfter eher Parabeln, Fabeln und traurige Kurzgeschichten mit märchenhaften Elementen. Die Metaphern sind angepasst-überbordernd, manchmal arg kitschig, aber trotzdem treffend und passend für diese merkwürd
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.

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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
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, young-adult
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: fantasy, classics
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.
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.
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.
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!
Trí Trần
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chọn cuốn này để đọc vào cuối năm là quá chuẩn luôn. Nhẹ nhàng và rất sâu sắc.
Giuliana Gramani
Embora algumas histórias deixem transparecer a ironia e o sarcasmo que tanto amamos em Oscar Wilde, algumas chegam a ser irreconhecíveis de tanto que enfocam nos bons valores e na moral da história.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Oscar Wilde offended Victorian society by producing works of social mockery, aside from living a scandalous life. Although Wilde's fairy tales were intended for a young audience, they contain social overtones that most children would not understand, but that are meant to project a higher social ethic upon later generations. The criticism of the Victorian society in Wilde's fairy tales is apparent in the parallels between the situations he imagines and real-life situations, and also in the high ...more
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
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amo los cuentos de Wilde; algunos más que otros y en especial me molesta cuando se pasa con la moratina cristiana o si le da por escribir páginas aunque no haya nada que contar, pero en general tiene una prosa hermosa que hace que la lectura sea disfrutable en cualquier caso. Es poética y evocadora sin por ello ponerse rimbombante. Y la gran mayoría de sus historias contienen el balance justo de melancolía y crítica para revolverte por dentro y hacerte reflexionar. No son cuentos felices, son hi ...more
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
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Maja Shinigami
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prose, favorites
Idealno nakon Metabaruna za vrijeme trudnoće.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed these stories.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Fluffy Mr Wilde very nicely written but sugar sweet.
These fairy tales have very strong moral lessons to teach, not only to children, but as a reminder to adults as well. Of course, the writing was superlative. I listened to the book in the car, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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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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