Complete Works of Oscar Wilde Paperback
by Oscar Wilde
Part of the Collins Classics series
The Collins Complete Works of Oscar Wilde is the only truly complete and authoritative single-volume edition of Oscar Wilde's works, and is available in both hardback and this paperback edition.
Continuously in print since 1948, the Collins Complete Works of Oscar Wilde has long been recognised as the most comprehensive and authoritative single-volume collection of Wilde's texts available, containing his only novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters, all in their most authoritative texts.
Illustrated with many fascinating photographs, the book includes introductions to each section by Merlin Holland (Oscar's grandson), Owen Dudley Edwards, Declan Kiberd and Terence Brown.
Also included is a comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Oscar Wilde, and a chronological table of his life and work.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1216 pages, 16 b/w illus, 16 b/w plates
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 04/08/2003
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780007144365
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Review by Wanderlust_Lost
I'd recommend any or all of Wilde's works to anyone. Easy to read, very accessible, entertaining and hgihly amusing Wilde is, without a doubt, one of the best comedic dramatists of the 19th Century. His stories and poems, though less well known, are also enjoyable and well-written. Warning: The essays at the back can be slow going, but plow through. They're worth it. Another LT reviewer said that Wilde's non-fiction work is the work of a poser but I disagree. Wilde never claimed to agree with or even believe the things he wrote, indeed he came right out and said he didn't. People seemed to see this as just Wilde being wild and didn't take him seriously. I think that's a mistake. Wilde was able to formulate ideas and theories that he felt were beautiful or of value <i>on some level</i> but he didn't necsesarily agree with those ideas or theories. He wrote them down because he felt that they were things that needed to be said and not because he was trying to convince people to think how he thought.He loved contradictions and paradoxes. His primary aim was aestheticism and not sense. Read it, make up your own mind. But don't call Wilde a poser. If you do you're completely missing his point.
Review by JavierSan
One of my favorite writters. He's really an artist with the pen. His tales are one of a kind. The Rose and the Nightingale is just an example of these masterpieces.