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Collins complete works of Oscar Wilde
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
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Fifth edition (with corrections).
Publication Information:
Glasgow : HarperCollins, [2003]

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ix, 1268 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Previous ed.: 1999.
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PR5810 .G03 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In print since 1948, this is a single-volume collection of Oscar Wilde's texts. It contains his only novel, "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters. Illustrated with many photographs, the book includes introductions to each section by Wilde's grandon, Merlin Holoand, Owen Dudley Edwards, Declan Kibertd and Terence Brown. A comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Oscar Wilde together with a chronological table of his life and work are also included.

Author Notes

Flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. He was born to a middle-class Irish family (his father was a surgeon) and was trained as a scholarship boy at Trinity College, Dublin. He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work. By 1879 he was already known as a wit and a dandy; soon after, in fact, he was satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience.

Largely on the strength of his public persona, Wilde undertook a lecture tour to the United States in 1882, where he saw his play Vera open---unsuccessfully---in New York. His first published volume, Poems, which met with some degree of approbation, appeared at this time. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, the daughter of an Irish lawyer, and within two years they had two sons. During this period he wrote, among others, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), his only novel, which scandalized many readers and was widely denounced as immoral. Wilde simultaneously dismissed and encouraged such criticism with his statement in the preface, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all."

In 1891 Wilde published A House of Pomegranates, a collection of fantasy tales, and in 1892 gained commercial and critical success with his play, Lady Windermere's Fan He followed this comedy with A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and his most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). During this period he also wrote Salome, in French, but was unable to obtain a license for it in England. Performed in Paris in 1896, the play was translated and published in England in 1894 by Lord Alfred Douglas and was illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.

Lord Alfred was the son of the Marquess of Queensbury, who objected to his son's spending so much time with Wilde because of Wilde's flamboyant behavior and homosexual relationships. In 1895, after being publicly insulted by the marquess, Wilde brought an unsuccessful slander suit against the peer. The result of his inability to prove slander was his own trial on charges of sodomy, of which he was found guilty and sentenced to two years of hard labor. During his time in prison, he wrote a scathing rebuke to Lord Alfred, published in 1905 as De Profundis. In it he argues that his conduct was a result of his standing "in symbolic relations to the art and culture" of his time. After his release, Wilde left England for Paris, where he wrote what may be his most famous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), drawn from his prison experiences. Among his other notable writing is The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891), which argues for individualism and freedom of artistic expression.

There has been a revived interest in Wilde's work; among the best recent volumes are Richard Ellmann's, Oscar Wilde and Regenia Gagnier's Idylls of the Marketplace , two works that vary widely in their critical assumptions and approach to Wilde but that offer rich insights into his complex character.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Merlin HollandVyvyan HollandOwen Dudley EdwardsTerence BrownDeclan KiberdMerlin Holland
The Contributorsp. x
Introduction to the 1994 Editionp. 1
Introduction to the 1966 Editionp. 7
Introduction to the Storiesp. 13
The Picture of Dorian Grayp. 17
Lord Arthur Savile's Crimep. 160
The Canterville Ghostp. 184
The Sphinx Without a Secretp. 205
The Model Millionairep. 209
A House of Pomegranates
The Young Kingp. 213
The Birthday of the Infantap. 223
The Fisherman and his Soulp. 236
The Star-Childp. 260
The Happy Prince
The Happy Princep. 271
The Nightingale and the Rosep. 278
The Selfish Giantp. 283
The Devoted Friendp. 286
The Remarkable Rocketp. 294
The Portrait of Mr. W.H.p. 302
Introduction to the Playsp. 352
The Importance of Being Earnestp. 357
Lady Windermere's Fanp. 420
A Woman of No Importancep. 465
An Ideal Husbandp. 515
Salomep. 583
The Duchess of Paduap. 606
Vera, or the Nihilistsp. 681
A Florentine Tragedyp. 721
La Sainte Courtisanep. 734
Introduction to the Poemsp. 739
Ye Shall Be Godsp. 745
Chorus of the Cloud Maidensp. 747
From Spring Days to Winterp. 748
Requiescatp. 748
San Miniatop. 749
By The Arnop. 749
Rome Unvisitedp. 750
La Bella Donna Della Mia Mentep. 752
Chansonp. 753
Untitled (See the gold sun has risen)p. 753
Untitled (She stole behind him where he lay)p. 754
The Dole of the King's Daughterp. 755
Love Songp. 756
Tristitiaep. 757
The True Knowledgep. 758
Heart's Yearningsp. 758
The Little Shipp. 759
[characters not reproducible] (Song of Lamentation)p. 760
Lotus Landp. 762
Desespoirp. 763
Lotus Leavesp. 763
Untitled (O loved one lying far away)p. 765
A Fragment from The Agamemnon of Aeschylosp. 766
A Visionp. 768
Sonnet on Approaching Italyp. 768
Sonnet (written in Holy Week at Genoa)p. 769
Impression de Voyagep. 769
The Theatre at Argosp. 769
Urbs Sacra Aeternap. 770
The Grave of Keatsp. 770
Sonnet: on the massacre of the Christians in Bulgariap. 771
Easter Dayp. 771
Sonnet: on Hearing the Dies Irae sung in the Sistine Chapelp. 772
Italiap. 772
Vita Nuovap. 773
E Tenebrisp. 773
Quantum Mutatap. 773
To Miltonp. 774
Ave Maria Gratia Plenap. 774
Wasted Daysp. 775
The Grave of Shelleyp. 775
Santa Deccap. 776
Theoretikosp. 776
Amor Intellectualisp. 777
At Veronap. 777
Ravennap. 778
Magdalen Walksp. 786
The Burden of Itysp. 786
Theocritusp. 795
Nocturnep. 796
Endymionp. 796
Charmidesp. 797
Ballade de Margueritep. 814
La Belle Gabriellep. 815
Humanitadp. 816
Athanasiap. 826
The New Helenp. 828
Pantheap. 830
Phedrep. 835
Queen Henrietta Mariap. 835
Louis Napoleonp. 836
Madonna Miap. 836
Roses and Ruep. 837
Portiap. 839
Apologiap. 839
Quia Multum Amavip. 840
Silentium Amorisp. 841
Her Voicep. 841
My Voicep. 842
[characters not reproducible] (Sweet, I blame you not...)p. 843
The Garden of Erosp. 844
Ave Imperatrixp. 851
Panp. 854
The Artist's Dream or San Artystyp. 856
Libertatis Sacra Famesp. 858
Sonnet to Libertyp. 859
Taedium Vitaep. 859
Fabien Dei Franchip. 860
Serenadep. 860
Cammap. 861
Impression du Matinp. 862
In the Gold Roomp. 862
Impressions: 1. Les Silhouettes; 2. La Fuite de la Lunep. 863
Impression: Le Reveillionp. 864
Helas!p. 864
To V.F.p. 864
To M.B.J.p. 865
Impressions: 1. Le Jardin; 2. La Merp. 865
Le Jardin Des Tuileriesp. 866
The Harlot's Housep. 867
Fantaisies Decorativesp. 868
Under the Balconyp. 869
To My Wifep. 870
On the Sale By Auction of Keats' Love Lettersp. 870
The New Remorsep. 871
Canzonetp. 871
With a Copy of 'A House of Pomegranates'p. 872
Symphony in Yellowp. 872
La Dame Jaunep. 873
Remorsep. 873
In The Forestp. 874
The Sphinxp. 874
The Ballad of Reading Gaolp. 883
Poems in Prose
The Artistp. 900
The Doer of Goodp. 900
The Disciplep. 901
The Masterp. 901
The House of Judgmentp. 902
The Teacher of Wisdomp. 903
Introduction to Essays, Selected Journalism, Lectures and Lettersp. 907
Essays, Selected Journalism, Lectures and Letters
The House Beautifulp. 913
The Decorative Artsp. 926
Personal Impressions of Americap. 938
Mrs Langtry as Hester Grazebrookp. 942
Woman's Dressp. 945
Mr Whistler's Ten O'Clockp. 948
Dinners and Dishesp. 950
Hamlet at the Lyceump. 952
Olivia at the Lyceump. 955
A Handbook to Marriagep. 957
Balzac in Englishp. 959
A Ride Through Moroccop. 962
The American Invasionp. 964
Two Biographies of Keatsp. 957
Aristotle at Afternoon Teap. 970
Mr Morris on Tapestryp. 973
London Modelsp. 975
De Profundisp. 980
Two Letters to the Daily Chroniclep. 1060
The Decay of Lyingp. 1071
Pen, Pencil and Poisonp. 1093
The Critic as Artistp. 1108
The Truth of Masksp. 1156
The Soul of Man Under Socialismp. 1174
The Rise of Historical Criticismp. 1198
A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educatedp. 1242
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Youngp. 1244
A Chronological Tablep. 1247
B Order of Poems (1882)p. 1252
C List of Original Dedications in Wilde's Published Worksp. 1254
D Index of First Lines of Poemsp. 1255
Bibliographyp. 1258