Oscar Wilde's Stories for All Ages

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HarperCollins, Oct 15, 2009 - Fiction - 274 pages
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Whether you know it or not, the stories in this book are familiar. Like old friends whose charm and warmth never fade, Oscar Wilde′s short stories have enchanted generations of readers, and this beautiful book makes them accessible to an entirely new readership.

Selected and presented by one of Wilde′s biggest fans, the book includes a foreword from Stephen Fry, who will also supply short introductions to the stories themselves, explaining why they mean so much to him and why they should mean a lot to you too.

Meet the selfish giant, whose garden was cloaked in perpetual winter until he allowed the children to enter and play, the happy prince whose statue stood overlooking his city, who gave the rubies and sapphires embedded in his eyes and clothing to feed the poor, and the tiny swallow who helped him. And let′s not forget the remarkable rocket who was so convinced that he would be the brightest, most remarkable rocket of all, yet who ended up in a ditch. There′s also the Canterville ghost, so inept at being scary that every attempt to spook his American visitors results in failure.

Stephen Fry has always been passionate about Oscar Wilde′s writing but he has a particular fondness for his short stories. In this beautifully illustrated book he shares with us what each story means to him and what he feels the reader can take away with them, whether they′re five or fifty years old. As well as a general introduction, Stephen offers introductions to the stories themselves, taking the reader through his selection. Illustrated by Nicole Stewart, stunning artwork accompanies each story to give shape to the reader′s imagination.

Whether you are buying this for yourself, for your wife, your son or daughter, for your nephew, your niece, your mother, your brother or your sister, the book will be a gift that you or they will cherish forever and return to time and time again. These are stories for adults and children of all ages, for all time.

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About the author (2009)

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 and died in 1900. An immensely gifted and prolific playwright, author, and poet, his writing is characterised by its sharp wit and moral verve. Among his best-loved works are the play The Importance of Being Earnest, the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and of course, the stories which you hold in your hand now.
Stephen Fry was born in London in 1957 and educated at Stouts Hill, Uppingham and Queens' College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he joined the Footlights where he first met Hugh Laurie. He has numerous television appearances to his credit, most notably A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder and QI, and is a regular contributor to radio shows including Just a Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The News Quiz. Major film roles include Peter in Peter's Friends (1990) and Oscar Wilde in Wilde (1997). He is the author of the bestselling novels The Liar, The Hippopotamus, Making History and The Stars' Tennis Balls, as well as the highly acclaimed autobiography Moab is My Washpot, The Ode Less Travelled and, in 2008 Stephen Fry in America.

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