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The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar…

The Happy Prince and Other Tales (original 1888; edition 1995)

by Oscar Wilde

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This facsimile of the 1913 edition includes, along with the title story, "The nightingale and the rose," "The selfish giant," "The devoted friend," and "The remarkable rocket."
Title:The Happy Prince and Other Tales
Authors:Oscar Wilde
Info:Everyman's Library (1995), Hardcover, 96 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Literature, Children's, 20th century, Fairy tales, Gift

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde (1888)



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the happy prince - 4
the nightingale and the rose - 5
the selfish giant - 5
the devoted friend - 3
the remarkable rocket - 5 ( )
  proteaprince | Dec 18, 2019 |
to me: The Happy Prince reads like a n Egyptian mythological Christ allegory
  neobardling | Jul 29, 2017 |
Not as good as some of Wilde's other work, but these stories were still enjoyable social commentaries. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Oscar Wilde was wide-ranging in the literary forms he engaged and I've enjoyed many of his other works, but his fairy tales don't strike me as being one of his strengths. He was no Hans Anderson, not even J.K. Rowling (see: Beedle). But if you're looking for a purely Christian slant in classics for children, you can't do better than this.

(4/5) The Happy Prince - A golden statue has opportunity to help his city with a bird's assistance. It's all about charity. Saw the 1974 animation as a kid, so the nostalgia won it some points.

(3.5/5) The Nightingale and the Rose - A nightingale selflessly assists a young wooer. Love isn't love unless you're willing to die for it. Most kids won't grasp this without assistance.

(3.5/5) The Selfish Giant - spring won't return to the giant's garden after he ejects a bunch of hooligans. Embrace Christianity for everlasting life. Made little impression on me when I was young, and none at all now.

(3/5) The Devoted Friend - A tale about give-and-take that's entirely open to misinterpretation, thus the awkward framing story about the water rat.

(3.5/5) The Remarkable Rocket - A supremely self-centered firecracker leaves no impression on anyone. A strange note to end on, but there it is. ( )
1 vote Cecrow | Nov 26, 2015 |
If this book doesn't make you want to curl up with a nice hot cup of arsenic and maybe some razor blades, you read a different edition than I did. Apparently Wilde read Hans Christian Anderson and thought, "Dang nab it, I can write way way depressing fairy tales, too!"

Not saying it's not pretty. Just saying. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
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Wilde, Oscarmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Crane, W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crane, WalterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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High above the city on a tall column stood the statue of the Happy Prince.
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This is the original story collection from Mr. Wilde, including:
* The Happy Prince
* The Nightingale and the Rose
* The Selfish Giant
* The Devoted Friend
* The Remarkable Rocket
Please do not combine with other story collections that contain different stories.
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Contents: The happy prince -- The nightingale and the rose -- The selfish giant -- The devoted friends -- The remarkable rocket.
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