Which one is your favorite of Wilde’s works?

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Which one is your favorite of Wilde’s works?

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Jan 1, 2010, 6:04am

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Jan 1, 2010, 2:43pm

It's really hard for me to choose.

I love The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest to death, but I think his fairy tales (The Happy Prince, the Nightingale and the Rose...) might be my favorite. They really get to me emotionally, and not just because they have touching themes. It's hard to explain, but it is almost as though you can imagine him writing them and the witty facade comes down and you see Oscar as the truly sweet person he was. And that makes me so sad, for his life was so tragic and cut short. My parents read those stories to me when I was a kid, and I plan on reading those stories to my kids someday :)

Jan 10, 2010, 10:34pm

I have to say it is The Importance of Being Ernest. I've seen it in many productions, and always find it delightful.

Perhaps it is indicative of Oscar's ultimate good nature that he favors happy endings. Yes, it is a pity he didn't have one himself.

My favorite piece of trivia about the play: "earnest" was a sub-culture code word for "gay."

Delighted to find this group!

Jul 22, 2010, 3:11pm

The dialogue is exquisite. I love Wilde's style. And the brilliant way in which the characters are portrayed... genius!

Dec 2, 2011, 6:14pm

They are all delightful! His plays are full of real humour, sarcasm and satire which remain valid today. They can be read millions of times again and again!

Dec 10, 2011, 9:29am

My answer is De Profundis, his plays and his poetry.
Some believe that Wilde as an icon is too old and notorious--all right, let him be our oriflamme.

Edited: Dec 12, 2011, 3:06am

Of course Dorian Gray and the plays are amazing, but I absolutely love The Canterville Ghost. Wilde really is a master of the short story genre as well, and this one, in my opinion, has everything. It's scary AND funny - imagine that!