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Oscar Wilde

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OSCAR WILDE (1854–1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

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De Profundis

Written by Oscar Wilde
Preface by Richard Ellmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $13.00

Written from Wilde's prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas's behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde's own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation. At once a... Read more >
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De Profundis

Written by Oscar Wilde
Preface by Richard Ellmann


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 30, 2010
Price: $8.99

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 10, 1995
Price: $15.95

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 18, 2014
Price: $3.99

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The Importance of Being Earnest
And Other Plays
Written by Oscar Wilde
Introduction by Terrence McNally


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 21, 2010
Price: $7.99

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The Importance of Being Earnest
And Other Plays
Written by Oscar Wilde
Introduction by Terrence McNally


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $10.95

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The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: eBook, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 9, 2012
Price: $3.99

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Written by Oscar Wilde
Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $7.99

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Written by Oscar Wilde
Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $7.99

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Written by Oscar Wilde
Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 1, 1998
Price: $8.00

Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it... Read more >

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Written by Oscar Wilde
Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $8.95

The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s enduringly popular story of a beautiful and corrupt man and the portrait that reveals all his secrets.

Entranced by the perfection of his recently painted portrait, the youthful Dorian Gray expresses a wish that the figure on the canvas could age and change in... Read more >

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The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1982
Price: $4.95

Here in one volume are Oscar Wilde's immensely popular novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; his last literary work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol-a product of his own prison experience-and four complete plays: Lady Windermere's Fan (his first dramatic success); An Ideal Husband (which continued to poke fun at conventional morality)... Read more >
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Plays of Oscar Wilde

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $17.00

This Vintage edition of The Plays of Oscar Wilde contains the plays that made Wilde one of the most important dramatists of his time. Wilde's plays demonstrate why their author must be seen as both an inaugurator and a master of modernism. In his best work, the subversive insights embedded in... Read more >
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Plays of Oscar Wilde

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 2010
Price: $12.99

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Plays, Prose Writings and Poems

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: Hardcover, 728 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 26, 1991
Price: $23.00

Introduction by Terry Eagleton

Oscar Wilde has been acknowledged as the wittiest writer in the English language. This collection proves that he was also one of the most versatile. Effortlessly achieved, each revealing a different aspect of his brilliance, all of the plays, prose writings, and poems gathered here support Wilde’s belief... Read more >
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