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Oscar Wilde's fairy tales are not simply for children, but are also, or perhaps even primarily, aimed at an adult readership. This collection contains two of his most acclaimed stories - The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant. By turns clever and poignant, sensitive and witty, sentimental and satirical, these tales are never less than delightful and surprising, and always thoroughly entertaining. This edition features new digital typesetting, replicating the beautiful Doves Type of the early twentieth century, designed for the quality, hand-made, letterpress editions of a private press.
About the Author
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, wrote poems, plays and novels, and is best known for his play The Importance of Being Earnest and his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. In 1895, following his failed libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry (the father of Lord Alfred Douglas, with whom he had fallen in love in 1891), Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for gross indecency. Incarcerated, he contracted a chronic ear infection from which he never recovered, which eventually led to his death at the relatively young age of only 46.