Oscar Wilde publishes children's book collection "The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

Oscar Wilde, known most notably for titles such as The Picture of Dorian Grey and The Canterville Ghost,  was also a successful children's book author whose work includes short story collection The Happy Prince and Other Tales. The Happy Prince and Other Tales was first published in May of 1888 by Alfred Nutt. Notable illustrations within the book including the cover, The Selifsh Giant, and The Remarkable Rocket  were created by artist and illustrator Walter Crane. The book includes titles The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket. Librivox.org describes the stories as being "sometimes sweet and uplifting, sometimes caustic and pointed." In a literary analysis published by the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, authors Nino Kirvalidze and Nino Samnidze describe the children's stories as "a cycle of thematically interconnected texts, where imagination/fantasy merges into reality thus aesthetically depicting the bipolar morality of the late 19-th century English society with its virtues and vices."

Image credit and access to the stories comes from gutenberg.org




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Spring 1888

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