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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 and Other Prison Writings
Written by Oscar Wilde, Edited by Colm Toibin, Introduction by Colm Toibin
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2013
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043990-8 (0-14-043990-0)

A definitive new collection of Oscar Wilde’s best prison letters and poetry, with an introduction by Colm Toibin
 

Bankrupt and with his reputation in ruins, Oscar Wilde wrote the astonishing letter “De Profundis” to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, while in prison. Editor Colm Toibin, the acclaimed author of The Blackwater LightshipThe... Read more






The Best of Oscar Wilde
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Sylvan Barnet
Signet | Paperback | November 2012
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53222-0 (0-451-53222-8)

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... Read more






The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Written by Oscar Wilde, Afterword by Elise Bruhl and Michael Gamer, Introduction by Sylvan Barnet
Signet | Paperback | February 2012
$4.95/5.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-53189-6 (0-451-53189-2)

A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde's theatrical genius at its brilliant best. Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", this hilarious attack on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous world on its head, lets duplicity lead to happiness, and makes riposte the highest form of... 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
Written by Oscar Wilde, Illustrated by Ruben Toledo
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2010
$16.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310614-2 (0-14-310614-7)

Wilde's masterful and wonderfully entertaining exploration of art and morality, in a chic new deluxe edition

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in... Read more






The Happy Prince and Other Stories
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Markus Zusak
Puffin Books | Trade Paperback | November 2009
$5.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-132779-2 (0-14-132779-0)

A haunting, magical fairy-tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (among others) The Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should. Each of the stories... Read more






The Picture of Dorian Gray
Written by Oscar Wilde, Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith, Introduction by Robert Mighall, Noted by Robert Mighall
Penguin Classics | Hardcover | October 2009
$24.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144246-4 (0-14-144246-8)

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his... Read more






Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Written by Oscar Wilde, Afterword by Jack Zipes, Introduction by Gyles Brandreth
Signet | Paperback | October 2008
$5.95/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-53107-0 (0-451-53107-8)

The master of wit and irony

Published here alongside their evocative original illustrations, these fairy tales, as Oscar Wilde himself explained, were written “partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy.” Read more






The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories
Written by Oscar Wilde, Afterword by Peter Raby, Introduction by Gary Schmidgall
Signet | Paperback | March 2007
$4.95/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53045-5 (0-451-53045-4)

A fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty in Oscar Wilde's fascinating gothic tale.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
, Oscar Wilde’s only full-length novel, is the enduringly eerie story of a naïve and irresistible young man lured by decadent Lord Henry Wotton into a life of depravity... 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






Complete Short Fiction
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Ian Small
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143969-3 (0-14-143969-6)

The complete short stories of the masterful Irish writer

Fairy tales, ghost stories, detective fiction and comedies of manners—the stories collected in this volume made Oscar Wilde's name as a writer of fiction, showing breathtaking dexterity in a wide range of literary styles. Victorian moral justice is comically inverted in "Lord Arthur... Read more






The Picture of Dorian Gray
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Robert Mighall, Noted by Robert Mighall
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143957-0 (0-14-143957-2)

An astounding novel of decadence and the secret live within from one of Ireland's greatest writers

The Picture of Dorian Gray was a succès de scandale. Early readers were shocked by its hints at unspeakable sins and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. 

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The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose
Written by Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Linda Dowling, Noted by Linda Dowling
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2001
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043387-6 (0-14-043387-2)

Illuminating essays on philsophy, literature, soceity, and art by one of Ireland's greatest wits

Oscar Wilde—witty raconteur, flamboyant hedonist, and self-destructive lover—is most familiar as the author of brilliant comedies, including The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, and the decadent novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This selection of critical... Read more






Importance of Being Earnest
Written by Oscar Wilde, Commentaries by Richard Allen Cave, Introduction by Richard Allen Cave, Noted by Richard Allen Cave
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043606-8 (0-14-043606-5)

The crowning plays of one of Ireland's most heralded artists

Oscar Wilde was at once a family man and a homosexual outsider, a socialite, socialist, and Irish nationalist. His contradictions inspired him to ponder the roles and masks donned in conventional society, and his acute and wry insights are wonderfully displayed in... Read more






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 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 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






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






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






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 Portable Oscar Wilde
Written by Oscar Wilde, Edited by Stanley Weintraub, Introduction by Richard Aldington
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | July 1981
$20.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-015093-3 (0-14-015093-5)

Includes the following works: Novels—The Portrait of Dorian Gray; Plays—Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest; Writings—De Profundis, Critic as Artist, and Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Very Young; and selections from Lady Windermere's Fan, An Ideal Husband, and A Woman of No Importance.

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