Description : Here is a collection of this witty and irreverent author's works--all in their most authoritative texts. Includes The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and other stories and essays.
Description : Wilde's works are suffused with his aestheticism, brilliant craftsmanship, legendary wit and, ultimately, his tragic muse. He wrote tender fairy stories for children employing all his grace, artistry and wit, of which the best-known is The Happy Prince. Counterpoints to this were his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, which shocked and outraged many readers of his day, and his stories for adults which exhibited his fascination with the relations between serene art and decadent life. Wilde took London by storm with his plays, particularly his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest. His essays - in particular De Profundis- and his Ballad of Reading Gaol, both written after his release from prison, strikingly break the bounds of his usual expressive range. His other essays and poems are all included in this comprehensive collection of the works of one of the most exciting writers of the late nineteenth century.
Description : The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental symbolist Salomé, written originally in French and illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, was banned for public performance by the English censor. His final dramatic triumph was his “trivial” comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest—probably the greatest farcical comedy in English.
Description : First published in 1905, this collection contains aphorisms and epigrams from fourteen of Oscar Wilde's works, including his comedies, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Soul of Man Unter Socialism.
Description : Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a story she wrote at the age of 19, is still a popular tale to this day, remarkable not only for its striking plot but also its Romantic elements. Part of the Bloom's Classic Critical Views series, this book includes selections of some of the best historical criticism about Mary Shelley and her works.
Description : Concise and illuminating articles explore Oscar Wilde's life and work in the context of the turbulent landscape of his time.
Description : The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy in three acts, written by Oscar Wilde and first published in 1895. A great classic for every person interested in Oscar Wilde and his legacy. Wilde wrote it quickly, but then extensively revised and shortened this work to create a gem. Despite its apparent humour, the play addresses the state of Victorian society; indeed, it is subtitled 'A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.'
Description : Details the life of Oscar Wilde, including his work as an author, his fascination with Catholicism, and his time in prison for a homosexual affair.
Description : Analyzes the poetry, novels, and plays of this 19th century writer and reveals his influence on modern literature.