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Oscar Wilde

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
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2000
$13.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78321-3 (0-679-78321-0)

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

The Happy Prince and Other Tales
Written by Oscar Wilde, Illustrated by Charles Robinson
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1995
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-44473-2 (0-679-44473-4)

A pleasure seeking prince, a selfish giant, and more: Wilde's fairy tales, first published in 1888, for childlike people from eighteen to eighty." Read more

The Importance of Being Earnest
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Terrence McNally
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2004
$10.95/13.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6714-2 (0-8129-6714-3)

Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack Worthing and... Read more

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 1998
$9.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75151-6 (0-375-75151-3)

Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides
Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though... Read more

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2011
$8.95/10.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74352-7 (0-307-74352-7)

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...

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The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings
Written by Oscar Wilde
Bantam Classics | Paperback | December 1982
$4.95/6.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21254-9 (0-553-21254-0)

Flamboyant and controversial, Oscar Wilde was a dazzling personality, a master of wit, and a dramatic genius whose sparkling comedies contain some of the most brilliant dialogue ever written for the English stage. Here in one volume are his immensely popular novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; his last literary work... Read more

The Plays of Oscar Wilde
Written by Oscar Wilde
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 1988
$17.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-75788-9 (0-394-75788-2)

This Vintage edition of The Plays_of Oscar Wilde contains the plays that made Wilde one of the most important dramatists of his time, including The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the great works of modern literature.

Oscar Wilde's plays demonstrate once again why their author must be seen as both an... Read more

Plays, Prose Writings and Poems
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Terry Eagleton
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1991
$24.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40583-2 (0-679-40583-6)

(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)

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... Read more