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(09/15/2008) Complete Short Fiction by Oscar Wilde. New York. 2003. Penguin Books. Edited with an introduction and notes by Ian Small. keywords: Literature England. 280 pages. The cover is a detail from illustration by Charles Robinson (1888) - 'The Remarkable Rocket' by Oscar Wilde. 0141439696.

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   Fairy tales, ghost stories, detective fiction and comedies of manners - the stories collected in this volume made Oscar Wilde's name as a writer of fiction, showing breathtaking dexterity in a wide range of literary styles. Victorian moral justice is comically inverted in 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Centerville Ghost', and society's materialism comes under sharp, humorous criticism in 'The Model Millionaire', while 'The Happy Prince' and 'The Nightingale and the Rose' are hauntingly melancholic in their magical evocations of selfless love. These small masterpieces convey the brilliance of Wilde's vision, exploring complex moral issues through an elegant juxtaposition of wit and sentiment. This edition includes the complete texts of Wilde's three volumes of short fiction, together with 'The Portrait of Mr W. H. ' Ian Small's introduction discusses Wilde's life, the cultural and literary background to his fiction and the complex ways in which it can be read.

 

 

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