The richness of Oscar Wilde's way with words and ideas are given full range in this sparkling collection of short stories written between 1887 and 1891.
There are ghost stories, moral tales, detective fiction and, above all, fairy stories here to delight and entertain.
From the comically unsuccessful and unhappy spook in 'The Canterville Ghost' to the incompetent would-be murderer in 'Lord Arthur Saville's Crime' we are treated to the extravagance and dexterity of Wilde's wit.
However it is particularly in the fairy stories that we see the brilliance of Wilde's vision of society and human action, with each tale having both beauty and simplicity while at the same time exploring complex moral issues.
The challenge and pleasure of Wilde's short stories is the simultaneous appeal to both child and adult with their themes of Love, Truth and Sacrifice which are as relevant today as they were when they were written.Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, with an Afterword by David Stuart Davies.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/03/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781905716623