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The Canterville Ghost By Oscar Wilde
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An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of Canterville Chase when his ancestral halls became the home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James.
The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde
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The Importance of being Earnest is a farcical romp in which the protagonists don fake personas to shirk the burdens of their social obligations. They are Algernon Moncrieff and Ernest Worthing, young... More > gentlemen leading double lives. Algernon inquires why the cigarette case belonging to "Ernest" bears the name "Jack." Earnest confesses that while in the country taking care of his young ward Cecily, he's Jack; here he claims to be taking care of his profligate brother Earnest in London. When he's in London, however, he becomes the rakish Earnest. Algernon admits to the same ruse: while in country, he tells his London friends he's visiting an invalid friend named "Bunbury." Wilde's hilarious and biting play pokes fun at the social order of Victorian England, while showcasing the author's classic witty epigrams (short, often paradoxical sayings) for which he is famous.< Less
The Happy Prince By Oscar Wilde
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The Happy Prince and Other Tales (sometimes called The Happy Prince and Other Stories) is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first published in May 1888. It contains five stories,... More > "The Happy Prince", "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Selfish Giant", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable Rocket". It is most famous for its title story, "The Happy Prince".< Less
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
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The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's best-known work and only novel. Published as a novella first in 1890, it features a beautiful young man who is swept up in a Faustian bargain. Dorian Gray,... More > who has recently been inspired to live as an aesthete, becomes the subject of a painting by his friend Basil Hallward. The painter, who believes that Dorian has opened up a new vein of brilliance in his art, claims it is his finest work, and promptly falls in love with young man. The man responsible for Gray's hedonistic mindset is Lord Henry Wotton (or Wilde himself), a man who espouses a life of sensual pleasure over morality or ethics. Upon witnessing the painting, Dorian expresses his wish, however whimsical, that the painting would age and not he. When his wish becomes true, Dorian, who feels no repercussions for his actions, spirals into a life of of vice and debauchery.< Less
A Woman of No Importance By Oscar Wilde
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Though he is now best remembered for his fiction, famed wit and bon vivant Oscar Wilde also dabbled in drama over the course of his long and varied literary career. A Woman of No Importance is a... More > darkly comedic play about a group of aristocrats whose prim adherence to decorum hides a bevy of scandalous secrets.< Less
An Ideal Husband By Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde's play An Ideal Husband is a comedy about politics, blackmail and corruption. The action takes place over three days in London, and it questions ideas of public and private honor. It is a... More > play about the past catching up with one in the present.< Less
Selected Poems of Oscar Wilde By Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde: one of the most celebrated literary artists in history. He stoked the fires of his fame with his sensational wit and flamboyant eccentricity. During a time of strict Victorian social... More > norms he flaunted the most outrageous dandy attire--and if that wasn't enough, while studying at Oxford he walked through the streets with a lobster on a leash. Reputation aside Oscar Wilde was an incredible artist: his plays and his one novel stand out against time as utterly brilliant, relevant, and funny. Here we offer the Selected Poems of Oscar Wilde, a collection that highlights his range as a master of the classics when he read at Oxford-where he graduated with the highest honors.< Less
Salome By Oscar Wilde
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Salome is an 1891 play by Oscar Wilde about a princess whose passions are legendary. The actual story is from the book of Matthew, about the stepdaughter of Herod. Salome dances the Dance of the... More > Seven Veils for Herod's birthday feast, and he enjoys it so much that he offers to give her whatever she desires. At the suggestion of her mother, Salome requests the head of John the Baptist (Jokanaan) on a silver platter. Salome was originally published in French and wasn't staged for several years, and only when Wilde was in prison. It was originally banned in England for its focus on sexual passions, so Wilde threatened to move to France where he would have had more artistic freedom, which might have kept him alive. Alas, it wasn't put up on an English stage until five years after his death. Salome is one of Wilde's better known plays, and it's spawned several other artistic works.< Less

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