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Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  18,924 ratings  ·  344 reviews
In print since 1948, this is a single-volume collection of Oscar Wilde's texts. It contains his only novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters. Illustrated with many photographs, the book includes introductions to each section by Wilde's grandon, Merlin Holoand, Owen Dudley Edwards, Declan Kibertd and Terence Brown. A compr ...more
Hardcover, 1270 pages
Published August 4th 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1908)
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Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Almost three years and 1,270 pages later I'm finally marking this as read, what a surreal feeling. I cannot believe that I have read every single word of Oscar's published writing. I know, they're are still many private letters left for me to discover but, you guys, I did it. I am proud of myself and I am proud of my trash son. I don't think I'll ever love an author as much as I love Oscar.

Here's to the man who believed when he died that his name would be toxic for generations to come. For hund
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Wilde has such a gift with phrasing, I always think about how parallel he seems to me with Ryan Adams. So many accolades so early, then such a fever to tear him apart.

Here's a few quotes:

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

Sep 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So essential it's not even funny. Not a better writer in the English language. Also if one can have a hero in this world, I think Wilde can fit that bill. He maybe the first writer that I realize was a rebel of sorts. My first actual rock n' roll figure that I looked up to.

I started reading Wilde as a young teenager - due to the fact that he seemed to be the most glamourous figure in literature. Most of my high school friends were into the Beats or such toss as Jonathan Bach, but Wilde was my (a
What can I say? You either love Wilde or you don't understand him, and I love him.
Wiebke (1book1review)
This was just perfect. What else could I say? The writing and wit of Oscar Wilde is just admirable and hilarious. The adaptations on this audiobook made them come to live and it was so much fun listening I often forgot I was not alone but felt like part of the audience in the theater.

I recommend this to anyone who has wanted to give Oscar Wilde a go.
1) The Picture of Dorian Gray
2) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
3) The Canterville Chost
4) The Sphinx Without a Secret
5) The Model Millionaire
6) The Young King
7) The Birthday of the Infanta
8) The Fisherman and His Soul
9) The Star-Child
10) The Happy Prince
11) The Nightingale and the Rose
12) The Selfish Giant
13) The Devoted Friend
15) The Remarkable Rocket
16) The Importance of Being Earnest
17) Lady Windermere's Fan
18) A Woman of No Importance
19) An Ideal Husband
20) Salome
21) The Duchess of Padua
22) Vera,
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
El genio literario indiscutido de Oscar Wilde brilla en cada uno de los cuentos que componen este volúmen. Libro altamente recomendable para todo aquel lector que admire su obra o para quien quiera conocerla.
Rosa Ramôa
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

"A moda é uma variação tão intolerável do horror que tem de ser mudada de seis em seis meses" (Oscar Wilde)
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant writing. Real, deep themes which one can relate to the present life. A fantastic ending. Definitely worth every single one of those 5 stars.
John Cairns
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
It’s true, in Wilde’s preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray, that thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. In fact that’s pretty well a truism, isn’t it? since the art, if art, would in this case be of written language. We are being nudged into believing what we’re to read is art, that he’s an artist. The first time I read this novel I found it cold and repellent. That doesn’t mean it isn’t art. It might be all the greater an artefact to make for that effect.
How is it the s
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Oscar Wilde is fabulous, and clever, and impossibly witty and Oscar Wilde knows it. Do yourself a favor, don't read this cover to cover - a little bit of Wilde goes a long way!

Random thoughts:
I was disappointed to find that the popular culture image of Dorian Grey didn't quite live up to the actual written depiction of him. Apparently the Victorian's were easily horrified, and I found some of the examples of his debauchery to be head scratchers. Especially his tendency to collect jewels and tap
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Okay, as recently, I'm mopping up some titles from "To Read Short Fiction Lists", genre and lit, and as I'm in the W's....

I had 3 pieces from Wilde on the list - I've previously read a *bit* of him (about 10 stories, mostly thanks to Dedalus Books Decadence series) but, for example, haven't tackled an obvious must-read like The Picture of Dorian Grey.

"Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" is probably the most "Wildean" thing here, and in it one can see Wilde's black humor and some origins of a writer like
Jul 03, 2012 is currently reading it
This review is a work-in-progress. I'm reading this whole collection, but will be reviewing the individual reads separately as I go along, so don't be all confused by the otherwise seemingly random posting of Wilde stories and plays.

I am going to skip reading The Picture of Dorian Gray because I read that just a few years ago. My review is behind that link; knock yourself out.

Individual reviews will be linked here as I go along, just to really annoy everyone each time it pops up in their updates
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A must-have for every lover of literature. Oscar Wilde is a writer like no other. His words speak directly to one's heart, their soul, their subconsciousness.. He changed the way I understood writing and reading entirely, made me fall in love with his every word and get lost in his ideas, his thoughts, his world.

I was 13 or 14 when I first picked up a paperback copy of his complete works on a whim. I remember feeling a little doubtful for buying such an expensive book from an author I had never
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oscar-wilde
I love Oscar Wilde. His tales have been part of my life since I was a child. In my teenager years his plays were the "shelter" when I felt sad. His work is wonderful, but, in this special edition, you can find everything he wrote, even the poems (which are not so good as his other works to me). I have a 1968 edition of this Collins Classics with beautiful illustrations and a great introduction by Vyvyan Holland. Beautiful edition!
Oct 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Wow - why had a not read Oscar Wilde before? He immediately jumped to the top of my list of favorite authors...and easily at that! I love how an author who wrote over 100 years ago can make me laugh out loud; I love that his jabs at Americans are still relevant. So far the Canterville Ghost is my favorite, and I am currently reading the Picture of Dorian Gray.
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I received this book as a gift from my dad when I was about 13 years old.
It's the special centenary edition.
It was love at first sight.
It's filled with my notes, my dried flowers (teen me was oh so romantic) and a piece of my soul.
Leila M
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
All of his work is so truthful and blunt. I started off collecting a few works here and there and ended up having to get the complete works.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'importanza di essere multiforme
Wilde, pungente cesellatore di aforismi, autore di un romanzo comunque memorabile - per quanto a tratti noioso, colpa anche dei capitoli aggiunti dopo la prima stesura - e di racconti deliziosi, di fiabe per bambini e fiabe terribilmente ciniche per adulti (andrebbe ringraziato anche solo per l'Infanta e il suo compleanno), di commedie e drammi teatrali estremamente azzeccati, di poemi in prosa irriverenti e sorprendenti. Wilde, saggista stravagante e irriverente
Kris Larson
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, favorites, classic
I actually hate having all my Wilde in one volume. When I lived in my studio apartment and found myself alone of an evening, I would sometimes make tea and cucumber sandwiches and curl up to re-read The Importance of Being Earnest. But now I've got this great big book which refuses to be curled up with -- I should never have sold my individual Earnest. Still, it's nice to have access to Wilde-ian works I probably wouldn't own otherwise.
classic reverie
This is my second time reading The Picture of Dorian Gray & I loved it more then my first time; if that is possible! Very poignant story on so many levels & it sure does teach us about morality & life; despite Wilde's proclaimed prelude thought - "There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all'
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
listening to audio book - (1)A woman of no importance (2)An ideal husband (3)Lady Windermere's fan (4)The importance of being Earnest (5)The picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde writing always wins best rating. Witty, entertaining...and the audio book was very well read.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent full-cast audio performances of An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere's Fan, and The Importance of Being Earnest. I skipped the dramatization of The Picture of Dorian Gray, though.
Carol Mola
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es mágico, super inmersivo.
Doreen Petersen
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Very interesting collection of Oscar Wilde's writings. If you like classics you'll love this one!
Psst! Hey, Maureen, look what I found!
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Il ritratto di Dorian Gray":
"Racconti e fiabe":



"La duchessa di Padova":
"Salomé"; "Il ventaglio di Lady Windermere"; "Una donna senza importanza"; "Un marito ideale":
"L'importanza di chiamarsi Ernesto":

Wilde ha l'arte nel sangue, fa parte della sua natura: è l'unica s
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*A Review for The Picture of Dorian Gray only* Five stars for Christian allegory. I don't think Wilde set out to write such an allegory, but in plumbing the depths of the human soul, as Wilde does so well, he certainly wrote a masterpiece about sin's affect on the soul and our absolute need for a saving grace. Wilde writes like an insider to both the hedonist point of view, represented by Lord Henry, and the theistic, represented by Basil Hallward, so well that it's a testament to his skill as a ...more
Subramaniam Avinash
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I found about 40 percent of this collection terrific. The rest, not very interesting. In particular, I thought the stories he wrote for children between 8 and 80 were brilliant. And so was The Importance of Being Earnest.
Bcoghill Coghill
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
At this time, I am just reading Salome. I read the English translation and am now reading the French which is so beautiful. I do not speak French, so this is a bit of a handicap fut not fatal. More that can be said for the Baptist.
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being ...more
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