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published 15/12/2000

AdvantagesBeautifully poignant stories

DisadvantagesMaybe too moral, and a little sad

...I never really saw Oscar Wilde as a children?s author, sure a wit, a raconteur, an author, playwright and a notorious man about town but a children?s author no. I was given a book by my wife Oscar Wildes Stories for Children and I wasn?t sure. What immediately caught my eye was the beautiful illustrations by P.J Lynch, delicate, rich and totally fitting to the stories. Then I read...

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AdvantagesAdds a new angle in telling the tale of an oft-neglected wife


...Over the years I have read a few biographies of Oscar Wilde, all of which recount in some detail his meteoric rise and position as, briefly, the most successful playwright of his time ? then, like a clap of thunder, his fall and complete disgrace. I had always suspected that he was not the most pleasant of men, and all the time I had wanted to know more about the effect the scandal had on his...

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AdvantagesWonderful book to dip in and out of

DisadvantagesI could probably live without some of the poems

...'Oscar Wilde,' wrote Richard Ellman in his epic 1988 biography. 'We only have to hear the great name to anticipate that what will be quoted as his will surprise and delight us. Among the writers identified with the 1890s, Wilde is the only one who everybody still reads. The various labels that have been applied to the age - Aestheticism, Decadence - ought not to conceal the fact that our first...

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