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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

Author of The Picture of Dorian Gray

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About the Author

Flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. He was born to a middle-class Irish family (his father was a surgeon) and was trained as a scholarship boy at Trinity College, Dublin. He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, show more Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work. By 1879 he was already known as a wit and a dandy; soon after, in fact, he was satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. Largely on the strength of his public persona, Wilde undertook a lecture tour to the United States in 1882, where he saw his play Vera open---unsuccessfully---in New York. His first published volume, Poems, which met with some degree of approbation, appeared at this time. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, the daughter of an Irish lawyer, and within two years they had two sons. During this period he wrote, among others, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), his only novel, which scandalized many readers and was widely denounced as immoral. Wilde simultaneously dismissed and encouraged such criticism with his statement in the preface, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all." In 1891 Wilde published A House of Pomegranates, a collection of fantasy tales, and in 1892 gained commercial and critical success with his play, Lady Windermere's Fan He followed this comedy with A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and his most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). During this period he also wrote Salome, in French, but was unable to obtain a license for it in England. Performed in Paris in 1896, the play was translated and published in England in 1894 by Lord Alfred Douglas and was illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. Lord Alfred was the son of the Marquess of Queensbury, who objected to his son's spending so much time with Wilde because of Wilde's flamboyant behavior and homosexual relationships. In 1895, after being publicly insulted by the marquess, Wilde brought an unsuccessful slander suit against the peer. The result of his inability to prove slander was his own trial on charges of sodomy, of which he was found guilty and sentenced to two years of hard labor. During his time in prison, he wrote a scathing rebuke to Lord Alfred, published in 1905 as De Profundis. In it he argues that his conduct was a result of his standing "in symbolic relations to the art and culture" of his time. After his release, Wilde left England for Paris, where he wrote what may be his most famous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), drawn from his prison experiences. Among his other notable writing is The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891), which argues for individualism and freedom of artistic expression. There has been a revived interest in Wilde's work; among the best recent volumes are Richard Ellmann's, Oscar Wilde and Regenia Gagnier's Idylls of the Marketplace , two works that vary widely in their critical assumptions and approach to Wilde but that offer rich insights into his complex character. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) 39,439 copies
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) 10,765 copies
The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (1880) — Author — 4,884 copies
The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings (1890) — Author — 2,481 copies
The Canterville Ghost (1887) 2,285 copies
De Profundis (1905) 1,637 copies
Salomé (1893) — Author — 1,579 copies
An Ideal Husband (1895) 1,381 copies
Complete Short Fiction (1979) 1,270 copies
Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) 1,081 copies
The Selfish Giant (1888) 780 copies
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) 717 copies
A Woman of No Importance (1893) 641 copies
The Happy Prince (1888) 625 copies
Teleny (1893) — attributed — 463 copies
The Complete Plays (1954) 412 copies
The Fairy Tales (1960) 394 copies
A House of Pomegranates (1891) 317 copies
Complete Poetry (Oxford World's Classics) (1992) — Author — 306 copies
Aforismi (1995) 305 copies
The Plays of Oscar Wilde (1954) 265 copies
The Collected Oscar Wilde (2007) 239 copies
The Wit of Oscar Wilde (1997) 215 copies
Intentions (1891) 209 copies
The Nightingale and the Rose (1888) 174 copies
Stories (1900) 172 copies
The Wit of Oscar Wilde (1969) 156 copies
The Decay of Lying (1891) 154 copies
The Works of Oscar Wilde (1948) 135 copies
The Selfish Giant (1991) 133 copies
Nothing...Except My Genius (1997) 110 copies
The Critic as Artist (1987) 106 copies
A Woman of no Importance / An ideal Husband (1907) — Author — 103 copies
The Portable Oscar Wilde (1946) 99 copies
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (2015) — Author — 99 copies
The Birthday of the Infanta (1892) 96 copies
The Letters of Oscar Wilde (1962) 93 copies
Strauss : Salome [sound recording] (1972) — Librettist [original text] — 81 copies
The Star Child (1892) 79 copies
Wilde [1997 film] (1997) — Author — 74 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 2 (2020) — Contributor — 71 copies
Oscar Wilde Epigrams (1950) 68 copies
Essays and Lectures (1978) 65 copies
The Duchess of Padua (1884) 60 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributor — 58 copies
Table Talk (2000) 58 copies
Vera; or, The Nihilists (1882) 55 copies
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1787) 53 copies
The Fisherman and His Soul (1892) 48 copies
Selected Plays (2004) 47 copies
Annotated Oscar Wilde (1982) 47 copies
Oscar Wilde: Selected Poems (1995) 45 copies
Oscar Wilde: Short Stories (1968) 43 copies
The Uncollected Oscar Wilde (1995) 42 copies
Opere (1984) 41 copies
Salome and Other Plays (1919) 41 copies
The Devoted Friend (1888) 39 copies
Oscar Wilde: Mit Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten (1972) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Oscar Wilde reader (1997) 38 copies
Tales from Oscar Wilde (1964) 37 copies
The Poetry of Oscar Wilde (2019) 36 copies
Selected Writings (1961) 33 copies
De profundis / The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1908) — Author — 29 copies
Great Short Works (1993) 29 copies
The Canterville Ghost [1996 TV movie] (2011) — Writer — 28 copies
More Letters (1985) 27 copies
The Oscar Wilde Collection (2016) 27 copies
Contes et récits (1961) 26 copies
Essays and Letters (1995) 25 copies
The picture of Dorian Gray (2001) 25 copies
The Canterville Ghost [1944 film] (1944) — Author — 24 copies
Selected essays and poems (1954) 24 copies
The Sphinx Without a Secret (1970) 24 copies
Three Plays (1892) 23 copies
The Remarkable Rocket (1888) 22 copies
Plays and Poems (1993) 22 copies
The Illustrated Oscar Wilde (1977) 22 copies
Teleny and Camille (2010) 21 copies
Oscariana (1911) 21 copies
Charmides and Other Poems (2006) 21 copies
The Prose of Oscar Wilde (1916) 20 copies
Selected Works (1991) 20 copies
Fairy Tales (1905) 18 copies
Lady Fuckingham (1992) 18 copies
Oscar Wilde : Oeuvres (1996) 18 copies
The Essays of Oscar Wilde (1916) 17 copies
Torre de papel (2010) 16 copies
Racconti (1982) 16 copies
Comedies (1932) 16 copies
A Florentine Tragedy (1885) 16 copies
Poems and Essays (1931) 15 copies
Cuentos (1800) 15 copies
El Arte de conversar (1996) 15 copies
The Model Millionaire (1993) 14 copies
The Bedside Wilde (1993) 14 copies
El gigante egoísta (2001) 13 copies
Tutti i racconti (1997) 13 copies
For Love of the King (1923) 13 copies
The Young King (1892) 12 copies
The Sphinx (1891) 12 copies
Gigante Egoista, O (2011) 11 copies
Oscar Wilde : ett urval (1988) 10 copies
Paradoja y genio (1998) 10 copies
Poemas en prosa (1994) 10 copies
Shorter Prose Pieces (2005) 10 copies
Reviews (1908) 9 copies
O principe feliz (1980) 9 copies
Oscar Wilde Short Stories (2018) 9 copies
Stories & Fairy Tales (1983) 9 copies
Stories for Summer (1992) 9 copies
La Sainte Courtisane (1908) 9 copies
Epigrams & aphorisms (1973) 9 copies
Narrativa y teatro (2015) 9 copies
The Selfish Giant / The Happy Prince (2013) — Author — 9 copies
Werkausgabe: 5 Bde. (1999) 8 copies
Las Artes y el Artesano (2010) 8 copies
Sus mejores cuentos (1977) 8 copies
Teatro (1948) 8 copies
Impressions of America (2012) 8 copies
OSCAR WILDE IN QUOTE (2001) 7 copies
Miscellanies (2005) 7 copies
Strauss : Salome [libretto : German/English] {Rullman} (1906) — Librettist [original text]; Librettist [original text] — 7 copies
Oscariana (2019) 7 copies
Tutto il teatro 7 copies
Obras selectas (2013) 7 copies
The Young King 7 copies
The Oscar Wilde Anthology (2000) 6 copies
Oscar Wilde : aforismer (1996) 6 copies
Pen, Pencil and Poison (1922) 6 copies
Maximes et autres textes (2012) 6 copies
The Canterville Ghost [1986 TV movie] (2011) — Author — 6 copies
Best-Loved Oscar Wilde (2015) 6 copies
I capolavori (2005) 5 copies
Prozagedichten (1986) 5 copies
Racconti fantastici (1998) 5 copies
HISTÓRIAS DE FADAS (2019) 5 copies
Le Portrait de Dorian Gray (1890) — Author — 5 copies
Les Ailes du paradoxe (1996) 5 copies
Slika Dorijana Greja (2019) 5 copies
Miscellanies 5 copies
Letters to the Sphinx (1930) 5 copies
Il denaro non basta (1993) 4 copies
Märchen to go (2009) 4 copies
Twee balladen (2002) 4 copies
Salomé / A Florentine tragedy / Vera — Author — 4 copies
Les Pensées (1990) 4 copies
la jeunesse est un art (1993) 4 copies
Lehren und Sprüche (1930) 4 copies
Lies: Vintage Minis (2020) 4 copies
Oscar Wilde Short Stories (1999) 4 copies
Aforismi mai scritti (1992) 4 copies
PLAYS (1954) 4 copies
Nouvelles fantastiques (2001) 4 copies
Märchen (German Edition) (1960) 4 copies
Eros kertje (1996) 4 copies
Strauss : Salome [synopsis + libretto : Dutch] (1988) — Librettist [original text] — 4 copies
Miscellaneous Aphorisms (2019) 3 copies
Gedichten (2011) 3 copies
The Works of Oscar Wilde (1968) 3 copies
Önemsiz Bir Kadın (2016) 3 copies
Shakespeares älskade (2007) 3 copies
The Wisdom of Oscar Wilde (2010) 3 copies
Selfish Giant CD ROM (1900) 3 copies
CUENTOS Y POEMAS EN PROSA (2000) 3 copies
Charmides (1913) 3 copies
Selections, vol. 1 (1979) 3 copies
Sebastian Melmoth (2009) 3 copies
Pensamiemtos (1993) 3 copies
Oscar Wilde wit's end (2005) 3 copies
Salomé / Lot in Sodom — Author — 3 copies
HAPPY PRINCE SELFI CD STA (2004) 3 copies
Strauss : Salome [libretto : German/English] {Schirmer} (1964) — Librettist [original text] — 3 copies
The House of Judgment (1893) 3 copies
Opera Classics Library : Opera study guide and libretto : Strauss : Salome (2003) — Librettist [original text] — 3 copies
Los Clásicos de la ópera 400 Años : Strauss : Salome (2007) — Librettist [original text] — 3 copies
Firenzei tragédia ; A szent parázna (2012) — Author — 3 copies
L'Avant-Scène Opéra : 240 : Strauss : Salomé (2007) — Librettist [original text] — 3 copies
Miscellaneous 3 copies
Wilde Oscar (1982) 3 copies
Strauss : Salome [programme book] — Librettist [original text] — 3 copies
La esfinge y otros versos (2017) 3 copies
Three Tales (1888) 3 copies
Five Tales (1975) 2 copies
The Young King 2 copies
seleccion de cuentos (2005) 2 copies
Gedichte und Balladen (1990) 2 copies
L'intégrale illustrée (2021) 2 copies
Noveletes 2 copies
El Gegant Egoista N/c (1998) 2 copies
Bland spöken och helgon (2006) 2 copies
POEMAS, de Oscar Wilde (2005) 2 copies
Teatro escogido (1985) 2 copies
CONTES PER A NENS (1991) 2 copies
Pohádky 2 copies
Lettres (1994) 2 copies
Bay W. H.'nin Portresi (2012) 2 copies
Ainsi parlait Oscar Wilde (2017) 2 copies
The Plays of Oscar Wilde (1966) 2 copies
Cinco cuentos 2 copies
Tro, hopp och kärlek (2002) 2 copies
2.: Teatro e poesia (1952) 2 copies
La disciplina del dandy (2010) 2 copies
Fingerzeige 2 copies
Critique créatrice (1999) 2 copies
Weisheiten. (1900) 2 copies
AFORIZMA 2 copies
Il meglio di Oscar Wilde (2005) 2 copies
De Profundis and Salome (1950) 2 copies
Die schönsten Märchen (1996) 2 copies
PRINCI I LUMTUR 2 copies
The Works of Oscar Wilde (1963) 2 copies
I racconti (1996) 2 copies
Letzte Briefe 2 copies
Salomé [1922 film] (2012) — Play — 2 copies
Das erzählerische Werk. (1976) 2 copies
Aforismi e citazioni (2012) 2 copies
Стихи = Poems (2004) 2 copies
O Jovem Rei 1 copy
El pescador y su alma (2022) 1 copy
Filosofía del vestido (2017) 1 copy
Komöödiad (2022) 1 copy
Der tierisch-menschliche Charakter (2013) — Contributor — 1 copy
Meditações 1 copy
L'Avant-scène Opéra : 047-048 : Strauss : Salomé (1983) — Librettist [original text] — 1 copy
Strauss : Elektra + Salome [libretto] — Librettist [original text] — 1 copy
Opern der Welt : Textbuch : Einführung und Kommentar : Strauss : Salome (1995) — Librettist [original text] — 1 copy
(all) 1 copy
366 Aforismi 1 copy
The Women of Homer (2008) 1 copy
Strauss : Salome [? + libretto] — Librettist [original text] — 1 copy
Strauss : Salome [libretto] — Librettist [original text] — 1 copy
Wyrms 1 copy
The Canterville Ghost (2013) 1 copy
Öyküler 1 1 copy
EL PRINCIPE FELIZ (2013) 1 copy
El maestro 1 copy
Reviews by Oscar Wilde (2013) 1 copy
Racconti 1 copy
Aforizmalar (2023) 1 copy
99999999999 1 copy
5 Plays 1 copy
Cantervilleko mamua (2002) 1 copy
SLIKA DORIANA GREJA (1969) 1 copy
Cantervillen kummitus (1982) 1 copy
Nar Evi (2010) 1 copy
Melu sairums : dialogs (2023) 1 copy
Сказки 1 copy
Essays I 1 copy
Contos Encantados — Author — 1 copy
Selections 1 copy
Flowers of Gold (2006) 1 copy
Helas {poem} 1 copy
Théâtre 1 copy
Essays II 1 copy
Briefe II 1 copy
The Garden of Eros (2014) 1 copy
Echoes 1 copy
Four Letters 1 copy
Drömmar och svek (1986) 1 copy
Kinderverhalen (1991) 1 copy
Wilde Oscar 1 copy
Saggi 1 copy
Apologia 1 copy
Requiescat 1 copy
Gondolatok (2001) 1 copy
Versek 1 copy
Hellenism (1979) 1 copy
Ziele 1 copy
Two tales 1 copy
Ave! Maria 1 copy
PAT 1 copy
Easter Day 1 copy
: (1892) (2006) 1 copy
Novelle 1 copy
Part01 1 copy
The Georgics 1 copy
24 poesie 1 copy
Oykuler (2012) 1 copy
Jane Eyre 1 copy
f (2019) 1 copy
Vested (2002) 1 copy
CUENTOS O. WILDE (1972) 1 copy
Obras de Oscar Wilde (2013) 1 copy
Pohádky Oscara Wilda (1995) 1 copy
Stories Gone Wilde (2005) 1 copy
Tutta la poesia (1962) 1 copy
Rosa mystica (1990) 1 copy
Письма (1997) 1 copy
Zloceste misli (2000) 1 copy
Retrato De Dorian Gray (2000) 1 copy
Worte sind gnadenlos. (2000) 1 copy
Level 2 (2016) 1 copy
secreto de la vida, el (2013) 1 copy
Panthea 1 copy
Bajke (1989) 1 copy
Theatre à lire (2001) 1 copy
Four Stories (2015) 1 copy
Balades 1 copy

Associated Works

The Satyricon (0001) — supposed translator, some editions — 3,475 copies
Oscar Wilde (1987) — Subject — 1,955 copies
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,261 copies
The Classic Fairy Tales [Norton Critical Edition] (1998) — Contributor — 1,008 copies
The Nation's Favourite Poems (1996) — Contributor, some editions — 624 copies
The Book of Fantasy (1940) — Contributor — 604 copies
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (1961) — Contributor — 524 copies
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contributor — 500 copies
The Victorian Fairytale Book (1988) — Contributor — 460 copies
Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 400 copies
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1993) — Contributor — 370 copies
Eight Great Comedies (1958) — Contributor — 350 copies
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) — Contributor — 339 copies
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New (1981) — Contributor — 334 copies
24 Favorite One Act Plays (1958) — Contributor — 285 copies
Witches & Warlocks: Tales of Black Magic, Old & New (1991) — Contributor — 284 copies
Criticism: Major Statements (1964) — Contributor — 222 copies
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (1961) — Contributor — 209 copies
The Penguin Book of Irish Verse (1981) — Contributor — 196 copies
The Importance of Being Earnest [2002 film] (2002) — Original play — 189 copies
Late Victorian Gothic Tales (2005) — Contributor — 189 copies
Love Letters (1996) — Contributor — 181 copies
Masterpieces of the Drama (1966) — Contributor — 180 copies
The Portable Victorian Reader (1972) — Contributor — 177 copies
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 166 copies
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Contributor — 158 copies
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Contributor — 153 copies
The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Other Fairy Tales (1964) — Contributor — 143 copies
Victorian Fairy Tales: The Revolt of the Fairies and Elves (1987) — Contributor — 128 copies
Irish Tales of Terror (1988) — Contributor — 126 copies
The Anarchist Reader (1977) — Author, some editions — 124 copies
Chilling Ghost Short Stories (2015) — Contributor — 118 copies
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contributor — 116 copies
Sixteen Famous British Plays (1942) — Contributor — 114 copies
Thirty Famous One-Act Plays (1943) — Contributor — 111 copies
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales (1971) — Contributor — 104 copies
New Worlds for Old (1971) — Contributor — 101 copies
Outstanding Short Stories [Penguin Readers] (1982) — Contributor — 98 copies
The Dedalus Book of Decadence (1990) — Contributor — 97 copies
Oscar Wilde: A Biography (1910) — Contributor — 97 copies
Treasury Of Gothic & Supernatural (1981) — Contributor — 97 copies
Dorian Gray [2009 film] (2009) — Original story — 93 copies
Decadent Poetry (2006) — Contributor — 91 copies
Great Stories for Young Readers (1969) — Contributor — 91 copies
A Book of Princesses (1963) — Contributor — 87 copies
Victorian Fairy Tales (2014) — Contributor — 87 copies
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contributor — 85 copies
Murder Mayhem Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2016) — Contributor — 84 copies
Charles Keeping's Book of Classic Ghost Stories (1986) — Contributor — 77 copies
Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season (1656) — Contributor — 76 copies
Selected Stories from the 19th Century (2000) — Contributor — 73 copies
The Importance of Being Earnest [1952 film] (1952) — Original play — 73 copies
The Folio Book of Comic Short Stories (1805) — Contributor — 73 copies
Contemporary Drama: 15 Plays (1959) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contributor — 67 copies
Marvel Illustrated: The Picture of Dorian Gray (2008) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Wordsworth Collection of Irish Ghost Stories (2005) — Contributor — 64 copies
The Mammoth Book of Fairy Tales (1997) — Contributor — 61 copies
Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics (2005) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Fourth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1967) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Second Dedalus Book of Decadence the Black Feast (1992) — Contributor — 50 copies
Victorian Love Stories: An Oxford Anthology (1996) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Picture of Dorian Gray [1945 film] (1945) — Original novel — 45 copies
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Contributor — 42 copies
A Century of Humour (1934) — Contributor — 42 copies
Oscar Wilde (2003) — Featured Artist — 42 copies
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Vol. 5: The Happy Prince (2012) — Contributor — 41 copies
English National Opera Guide : Strauss : Salome + Elektra (1988) — Librettist [original text] — 39 copies
The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries (2021) — Contributor — 38 copies
Comedy tonight!: Broadway picks its favorite plays (1977) — Contributor — 38 copies
America Visited (1937) — Contributor — 37 copies
The Genius of the Later English Theater (1962) — Contributor — 36 copies
Irish Ghost Stories (2011) — Contributor — 34 copies
Bodies in the Library: Short Stories (2020) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contributor — 33 copies
Stories To Get You Through The Night (2010) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Moral Entertainment (1973) — Original play — 32 copies
Witches, Witches, Witches (1958) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Horned God: Weird Tales of the Great God Pan (2022) — Contributor — 27 copies
A Book of Old Ballads (1934) — Contributor — 26 copies
Great Ghost Stories: 34 Classic Tales of the Supernatural (2002) — Contributor — 26 copies
A Book of Princes (1964) — Contributor — 25 copies
Great Tales of Terror (1935) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Selfish Giant (5 Minute Bedtime Story) (1996) — Author — 22 copies
The Great Book of Humour (1935) — Contributor — 22 copies
Graphic Classics: Oscar Wilde (2009) — Author — 22 copies
Cuentos de amor victorianos (2004) — Contributor — 21 copies
The World of Law, Volume II : The Law as Literature (1960) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Looking Glass Book of Stories (1960) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Short Stories (2004) — Contributor — 20 copies
Urban Crime Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contributor — 20 copies
A Century of Thrillers from Poe to Arlen (First Series) (1934) — Contributor — 18 copies
Twelve Classic One-Act Plays (2010) — Contributor — 18 copies
Wild Night Company: Irish Tales of Terror (1970) — Contributor — 17 copies
Great Classic Stories II: Eighteen Unabridged Classics (2010) — Contributor — 16 copies
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Contributor — 16 copies
All verdens fortellere (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 15 copies
Specter! A Chrestomathy of Spookery (1982) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Harper Book of Princes (1964) — Contributor — 13 copies
Dark Holidays: A Collection of Ghost Stories (2006) — Contributor — 13 copies
Selected English short stories XIX & XX centuries (1914) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Religion of Beauty: Selections from the Aesthetes (1950) — Contributor — 11 copies
Fun Phantoms: Tales of Ghostly Entertainment (1979) — Contributor — 10 copies
The chameleon (1894) — Contributor — 10 copies
Englische Essays aus drei Jahrhunderten (1980) — Contributor — 10 copies
Love Stories (1997) — Contributor — 10 copies
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Contributor — 9 copies
A Treasury of Great Short Stories — Contributor — 7 copies
Thin Air: An Anthology of Ghost Stories (1966) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Decadent Short Story: An Annotated Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 7 copies
Fear! Fear! Fear! (1981) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Selfish Giant [2013 film] (2014) — Original book — 6 copies
Kipling and the Critics (1965) — Contributor — 6 copies
Jabberwocky 3 (2007) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Moth and Other Stories (1991) — Contributor — 5 copies
Thames: An Anthology of River Poems (1999) — Contributor — 5 copies
Six Short Stories (1991) — Contributor — 4 copies
30 Eternal Masterpieces of Humorous Stories (2017) — Contributor — 4 copies
Strauss : Salome [catchall] (1943) — Librettist [original text], some editions — 4 copies
La poesía inglesa románticos y victorianos — Contributor — 4 copies
Strauss : Salome [video recording] [1992 film] {Royal Opera House} (1992) — Librettist [original text] — 3 copies
Best Crime Stories — Contributor — 3 copies
The Picture of Dorian Gray [1973 TV movie] (1973) — Original book — 3 copies
Strauss : Salome [video recording] [2008 film] {Royal Opera House} (2008) — Librettist [original text] — 3 copies
Strauss : Salome [video recording] [1997 film] {Royal Opera House} (1997) — Librettist [original text] — 3 copies
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Author, some editions — 3 copies
Immortal Stories (2013) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Canterville Ghost: Opera After Oscar Wilde — Original text — 3 copies
Strauss : Salome [video recording] [2007 film] {Teatro alla Scala} (2007) — Librettist [original text] — 2 copies
Strauss : Salome [video recording] [2008 film] {Metropolitan Opera} (2008) — Librettist [original text] — 2 copies
Strauss : Salome [sound recording] {1968 Leinsdorf/London Symphony Orchestra} (1968) — Librettist [original text] — 2 copies
An Ideal Husband [1999 film] (1999) — Original play — 2 copies
Worlds Greatest Classics (Box Set of 4 Books) (2021) — Contributor — 2 copies
An Ideal Husband [1947 film] (1948) — Original play — 2 copies
Lady Windermere's Fan [1925 film] — Original book — 2 copies
The Star Child (Clay Classics) [1994 film] (1994) — Original story — 2 copies
The Fan [1949 film] (2013) — Original story — 1 copy
Querelle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1982) — Author — 1 copy
Wakacje Wśród Duchów — Contributor — 1 copy
Strauss : Salome [sound recording] {1961 Solti/Vienna Philharmonic} (1961) — Librettist [original text] — 1 copy
Strauss : Salome [sound recording] {1963 Suitner/Dresdner Staatskapelle} (1963) — Librettist [original text] — 1 copy
Cuentos Requeridos 1 (2003) — Contributor — 1 copy
Fantastyczne Opowieści — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Wilde, Oscar
Legal name
Wilde, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills
Other names
Melmoth, Sebastian
C.3.3.
Birthdate
1854-10-16
Date of death
1900-11-30
Burial location
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris, France (89e division)
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
Ireland
Birthplace
Dublin, Ireland
Place of death
Paris, France
Cause of death
meningitis
Places of residence
Dublin, Ireland
London, England, UK
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Paris, France
Education
Trinity College, Dublin (BA|1874)
Magdalen College, University of Oxford (BA|1878)
Portora Royal School
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author
tutor
lecturer
playwright
poet
Relationships
Wilde, Lady Jane Francesca (mother)
Wilde, Sir William (father)
Holland, Vyvyan (son)
Holland, Merlin (grandson)
Douglas, Lord Alfred Bruce (lover)
Awards and honors
Newdigate Prize for poetry (1878)
Short biography
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, the early 1890s saw him become one of the most popular playwrights in London. He is best remembered for his epigrams, plays, and his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Wilde's parents were Anglo-Irish intellectuals in Dublin. A young Wilde learned to speak fluent French and German. At university, Wilde read Greats; he demonstrated himself to be an exceptional classicist, first at Trinity College Dublin, then at Oxford. He became associated with the emerging philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles.

As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art" and interior decoration, and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversational skill, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into what would be his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French while in Paris but it was refused a licence for England due to an absolute prohibition on the portrayal of Biblical subjects on the English stage. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late-Victorian London.

At the height of his fame and success, while The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) was still being performed in London, Wilde prosecuted the Marquess of Queensberry for criminal libel. The Marquess was the father of Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. The libel trial unearthed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with men. After two more trials he was convicted and sentenced to two years' hard labour, the maximum penalty, and was jailed from 1895 to 1897. During his last year in prison, he wrote De Profundis (published posthumously in 1905), a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. On his release, he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life.

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#603 in our old book database. Not rated.
 
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villemezbrown | Apr 19, 2024 |
To convey humour in writing is notoriously difficult to achieve without sounding flat and unemotional, and I don't find myself laughing for most writers who try desperately to be funny. Wilde, Twain and Wodehouse are some exceptions, however, whose characters jump out of the page with seemingly little effort. But if there is one play you should read (or better, watch), more than any other, it should be this one. Earnest is a chef-d'oeuvre of artful dialogue and titillating witticisms whose only dry moments are those minutely premeditated scenes served for pure deadpan sweetness. With this play and An Ideal Husband alone, they serve to elevate Wilde in my estimations as the world's greatest playwright (sorry for all you dramatic Shakespeare-lovers).… (more)
 
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TheBooksofWrath | 177 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
Book source ~ Purchased audiobook on Chirp

A vain young man named Dorian Gray allows himself to be manipulated into selling his soul so he could stay young and beautiful no matter what he did over the course of his life.

Wow. What a pompous and pretentious piece of shit this is. Dorian is a vain twit easily led around by the nose by Sir Henry. Speaking of Sir Henry, holy shit does that guy love the sound of his own voice or what? Poor Basil is the only likeable character and look what happened to him at the end. Ugh. What a colossal waste of my time. But at least I can mark another classic off my list. Ok, I don’t really have a “list” per se, but you get the idea. The narrator does a decent job though I found he sometimes had the wrong “voice” for certain characters.… (more)
 
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