The Major Works

The Major Works Oscar Wilde s dramatic private life has sometimes threatened to overshadow his great literary achievements His talent was prodigious the author of brilliant social comedies fairy stories critical di

  • Title: The Major Works
  • Author: Oscar Wilde Isobel Murray
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oscar Wilde s dramatic private life has sometimes threatened to overshadow his great literary achievements His talent was prodigious the author of brilliant social comedies, fairy stories, critical dialogues, poems, and a novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray In addition to Dorian Gray, this volume represents all these genres, including such works as Lady Windermere s Fan aOscar Wilde s dramatic private life has sometimes threatened to overshadow his great literary achievements His talent was prodigious the author of brilliant social comedies, fairy stories, critical dialogues, poems, and a novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray In addition to Dorian Gray, this volume represents all these genres, including such works as Lady Windermere s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest, The Happy Prince , The Critic as Artist , and The Ballad of Reading Gaol About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    1. I bought this book three or four years ago for a graduate course I was taking on Wilde and Joyce. For that class, we read mostly Wilde's criticism (the dialogues "The Decay of Lying" and "The Critic as Artist I & II"). Studying these and seeing Wilde's influence on Joyce helped shake me from the opinion that Wilde was clever but shallow and to see him as a canny and restless subversive. Still, as I read his major plays this winter (trying to pick one for the Brit Lit course) and reread The P [...]

    2. Currently in this compilation I have only read The Importance of Being Earnest, and I would like to individually review each play in addition to the book as a whole when I have finished reading all of the plays. I thoroughly enjoyed Earnest. I found it to be witty and funny, and Wilde's plays on words and dialogue to be genus. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the unique characters and how Wilde managed to connect them through a series of unfortunate meetings and believable coincidences [...]

    3. I LOVE OSCAR WILDE DETAILED AND CAREFUL WRITTINGI ENJOY THE PEACE HE WRITES WITH AND HIS KNLOLEDGEOF HUMAN DESIRES.I GOT SCARED WHEN READING DORIAN GRAY.BUT THIS FANTASY IS AS CURRENT AS FAUSTO.

    4. This was a wonderful collection of Wilde's works. It included 5 of his plays and some critical essays. I found the plays to be quite witty and most enjoyable. I especially loved The Importance of Being Earnest which I also saw as a Broadway production at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC. An Ideal Husband was another favorite though I found all of his plays quite entertaining. Wilde’s play on words and his portrayal of Victorian society really showcases his genius. He had a gift for reveal [...]

    5. I read this book as I was already a fan of The Ballad of Reading Gaol and what I knew of The Importance of Being Earnest, and was interested in reading The Picture of Dorian Gray. However, I found the Picture of Dorian Gray would have benefited from being around 100 pages shorter, and I found the dialogues dragged, particularly The Decay of Lying - although I did think Wilde had some interesting things to say in them. The short stories I enjoyed, though, and I particularly enjoyed the poems in p [...]

    6. I kind of knew I would like this collection. I haven't actually read any Oscar Wilde, but am very familiar with two movie productions of two of the plays in this collection (An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest). I have loved these movies for years so it was about time I read the original plays. I was happy to find that the movies are almost identical to the plays. The lines are nearly the same, and everything has the same 'feel'. The biggest differences seemed pretty minor to me [...]

    7. I did not read the whole book, I merely chose it because it contained a good handful of Wilde's poetry, plays and also his essays and fairy tales. I intended to flip through it and read what interested me. I read two of his poems; "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" and "The Sphinx", because the subjects were intriguing to me. I had already read The Picture of Dorian Gray.I thoroughly enjoyed reading the two poems, they reminded me of some old Icelandic poems I have read with the way they danced and sw [...]

    8. What a writer! What a thinker!! Somehow he always says the opposite of what you would've expect, but somehow it always makes even more sense and is truer.I loved The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband. 5 stars love. That's rare. Didn't like as much Salomé, Lady Windermere's Fan and A Woman of No Importance. Can't wait to read more though and be surprised again by his vision of the world and society.I think I discovered in Oscar Wilde a new favorite writer of mine!

    9. A good collection of Wilde's most read works which has fallen short off being the Wilde collection. Wilde's works are majorly short and this book could have easily become the complete works of Wilde, had the rest of his works been included.

    10. I loved this book. A real insight into the evil men/ women do and how the soul shows the wear. Whether the external face reveals the truth or not, our conscience haunts us. Wilde was a brilliant writer, witty and wise.

    11. Compilation of all his major works. Must read "Picture of Dorian Gray." Witty, intelligent, amusing. His theory of aesthetics is tantalizingly subversive, so be careful!Been semi-looking for "De Profundis." If anyone has, please lend me!

    12. Oscar Wilde nos demuestra lo terrible que pueden llegar a ser las personas, el dolor que causamos, los estereotipos, lo egoístas y ególatras que podemos llegar a ser, no cabe duda que con estas narraciones te pondrás a reflexionar en todo momento, por eso 5 estrellas.

    13. For some reason I'd managed to skip Wilde entirely despite a degree in English Lit. I don't think he'll ever be one of my favourite writers but he certainly had a lot to say for himself. Worth a read but the stuff on criticism was pretty hard going.

    14. If you read this in high school you should read it again. Complex portrayal of aesthetics and the role of art, neatly packaged in a melodramatically compelling novel.

    15. An eery tale of a dark prideful "soul" told by the master story teller Oscar Wilde. Creepy but thought provoking.

    16. I bought the whole works collection in Southern France in the summer of '98. Why? Because it was so cheap, and who doesn't like the HAPPY PRINCE?

    17. Intersting way to express how the events in our life shape our character. Oscar Wilde is a masterful author. I really enjoyed this book.

    18. Just bought this thick collection from National Bookstore for only 99 pesos. Would read sometime this week.

    19. Some of his stories are quite compelling if macabre I did find his essays on on the critic as art rather dedious and pedantic however

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