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  • Published: 30 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780451532220
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $9.99

The Best of Oscar Wilde: Selected Plays and Writings


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Oscar Wilde's infamous wit, taste for scandal, and gift for revealing the hypocrisies of fashionable society are on display here in this collection of his finest plays.

Oscar Wilde's infamous wit, taste for scandal, and gift for revealing the hypocrisies of fashionable society are on display here in this collection of his finest plays. A genius both of and ahead of his time, he built his craft on the eternal questions of right and wrong—with pithy dialogue as fresh today as when it was written.
In addition to Wilde's five major plays, this Signet Classics edition contains:
Two interviews with the playwright at the peak of his career, in which Wilde discusses his work—and his critics Some of his most brilliant critical writing, in which he discusses the nature of art in terms that anticipate much of today's literary theory An appendix that restores valuable lines that appeared in the original text of The Importance of Being Earnest  With an Introduction by Sylvan Barnetand a New Afterword by Marylu Hill
 

  • Pub date: 30 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780451532220
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. He then lived in London and married Constance Lloyd in 1884. Wilde was a leader of the Aesthetic Movement. He became famous because of the immense success of his plays such as Lady Windemere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890 but was revised in 1891 after moralistic negative reviews.

After a public scandal involving Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, he was sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol for 'gross indecency'. His poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol was published anonymously in 1898. Wilde never lived in England again and died at the age of forty-six in Paris on 30 November 1900. He is buried in Père Lachaise cemetery where admirers often leave the lipstick marks of kisses on his tomb.

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