Oscar Wilde: The Complete Collection (The Picture of Dorian Gray, 14 Short Stories, 9 Plays, All Poems, Selected Essays and Letters)

Oscar Wilde: The Complete Collection (The Picture of Dorian Gray, 14 Short Stories, 9 Plays, All Poems, Selected Essays and Letters)

Anglo-Irish writer Oscar Wilde is famous almost in equal parts for his life as for his literary legacy. A dandy, a self-proclaimed cynic and a flamboyant homosexual at a time when it was illegal to be gay in the United Kingdom, he was simultaneously society’s greatest critic and a lightning rod for criticism.

His literary output, almost all written in the brief period 1889-1895, consists of some of the greatest works of English literature. Included in this collection are:

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) - his only novel

Short Stories:
The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1889)
The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) - a collection of fairy tales with a twist
A House of Pomegranates (1891) - a similar collection
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories (1891) - a collection of contemporary fiction containing the famous The Canterville Ghost.

Plays (the most famous works of his lifetime):
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)
A Woman of No Importance (1893)
An Ideal Husband (1895)
Vera; or, The Nihilists (1880)
The Duchess of Padua (1883)
Salomé: A Tragedy in One Act (1894)
As well as two unfinished plays: La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy

All of his known poems (over 100), including The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a work about the time he spent in prison.

Letters and essays, including:
The Decay of Lying (1889)
The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891)
The Critic as Artist (1891)
De Profundis (1897)
and others.

Unfortunately, Wilde’s personality was too colorful for the conservative morals of upper-class British society. In 1895, after he was accused of “unnatural acts” by the father of one his lovers, the writer was prosecuted and sentenced to 2 years’ hard labor -- the maximum possible. The prison term broke both the writer’s health and his spirit.

This edition also includes a foreword and editor’s notes about the works.

This material was NOT merely scanned from an ink-and-paper book, like many Kindle e-books are. All e-books offered by Di Lernia Publishers are hand-edited and checked for spelling and punctuation errors.

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  • leynes

    Almost three years and 1,270 pages later I'm finally marking this as read, what a surreal feeling. I cannot believe that I have read every single word of Oscar's published writing. I know, they're are...

  • Rachelandthecity

    Wilde has such a gift with phrasing, I always think about how parallel he seems to me with Ryan Adams. So many accolades so early, then such a fever to tear him apart.Here's a few quotes:A little sinc...

  • Johann (jobis89)

    “Yet each man kills the thing he loves.”After being such a huge fan of The Picture of Dorian Gray, I knew I needed to explore more of Wilde’s writing. Unfortunately this was a bit of a mixed bag...

  • Tosh

    So essential it's not even funny. Not a better writer in the English language. Also if one can have a hero in this world, I think Wilde can fit that bill. He maybe the first writer that I realize was ...

  • Spencer

    What can I say? You either love Wilde or you don't understand him, and I love him....

  • Courtney

    1) The Picture of Dorian Gray2) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime3) The Canterville Chost4) The Sphinx Without a Secret5) The Model Millionaire6) The Young King7) The Birthday of the Infanta8) The Fisherman ...

  • Wiebke (1book1review)

    This was just perfect. What else could I say? The writing and wit of Oscar Wilde is just admirable and hilarious. The adaptations on this audiobook made them come to live and it was so much fun listen...

  • Aurlien Thomas

    I remember discovering Oscar Wilde with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', a luscious and decadent read which, ironically enough, had not only made his success but also caused his downfall (being quoted ad...

  • Amena

    Brilliant writing. Real, deep themes which one can relate to the present life. A fantastic ending. Definitely worth every single one of those 5 stars....

  • John Cairns

    It’s true, in Wilde’s preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray, that thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. In fact that’s pretty well a truism, isn’t it? since the art, if...