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The Canterville ghost and other stories by…

The Canterville ghost and other stories (1891)

by Oscar Wilde

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One great comedy about "modern" life... It's a laugh. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
Very ironic and satirical about both American and English customs and behavior. ( )
  trinityM82 | Aug 15, 2010 |
the canterville ghost is one of my all time favourite stories. it is so funny. and it shows how silly & out of touch westernised people have become with the spiritual realm. ( )
1 vote auntycaz | Feb 6, 2010 |
All I read was the Canterville Ghost. It was alright but after reading Mr. Wilde's plays it was tragically disappointing at the same time. It was good, it wass alright, it passed the time and allowed me to forget that I am at work during the few minutes I would read it daily. Overall, not that exciting. ( )
  afderrick | Feb 18, 2009 |
Although first published in 1891, this ghost story remains a classic of Wildean wit and Victorian sentimentality. True, some of the references to melodrama and nineteenth-century Anglo-American attitudes may elude modern readers, but the basic story of a hardheaded American family that buys a haunted British manor house and proceeds to drive the resident ghost nearly crazy with its skepticism is still a delight, as are Wilde's epigrams: "We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language." Austrian illustrator Zwerger, a master of the exquisite line, has captured the look of the period and the liveliness of the story in this oversize volume. Michael Cart ( )
  bonite | Apr 20, 2007 |
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Four of the Irish writer's finest works, among them "The Sphinx Without a Secret," "The Model Millionaire," "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," and the title story, a delightful tale of a 300-year-old ghost who fails to intimidate the newest occupants of his manor house. Also includes the author's 6 "Poems in Prose."

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Oscar Wilde was a prolific and spontaneous storyteller who once declared, "I cannot think otherwise than in stories." Here are a handful of his shorter works that demonstrate his range, versatility, and skill as a storyteller, too often overshadowed by his reputation as a dramatist, critical theorist, and novelist. Wilde shows his wit in the social parodies "The Canterville Ghost," "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," "The Sphinx without a Secret," and "The Model Millionare." In "The Portrait of Mr. W.H.," he identifies them ysterious dedicatee of Shakespe are's Sonnets.… (more)

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