"Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing." Revered as a playwright, Oscar Wilde was also a successful novelist, short-story writer, and poet with an impressive body of published work. Gathered together in this volume is a wonderful cross section of his literary genius, including two collections of children’s stories; The Picture of Dorian Gray; and the infamous poem, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". Illustrated with beautiful, antique images from Henry Keene, Walter Crane, and Jacomb Hood, this unique edition is a worthy collector’s item for any fan of Oscar Wilde or, indeed, of English literature.
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About the Author
Oscar Wilde was born in October 1854 in Dublin. His father was a doctor, his mother a poet. After attending Trinity College in Dublin and Magdalen College in Oxford, Wilde embarked on a career as a poet, quickly establishing himself as a leading figure in what became known as the aesthetic movement, a theory of art and literature advocating the pursuit of beauty for its own sake. His marriage to the relatively wealthy Constance Lloyd produced two sons. Shortly after his marriage Wilde accepted the editorship of Lady’s World, an obscure magazine whose fortunes he revived. Simultaneously, his own writing career entered its most fertile period. He was at the height of his powers when the unwise prosecution for libel of the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, led to imprisonment and social disgrace in 1895. He died in exile in 1900, aged 46.
Date of Birth:October 16, 1854
Date of Death:November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:Paris, France
Education:The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874