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Oscar Wilde--The Fairy Tales [Hardcover]

By Oscar Wilde & Reinhard Gieselmann (Illustrator)
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In addition to writing numerous poems, plays and his famous novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, he wrote his fairy-tale collections, The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) and A House of Pomegranates (1892). These two collections are included in this volume and are accompanied by colorful illustrations by Reinhard Gieselmann.

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Pages   87
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.75" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 25, 2007
Publisher   Edition Axel Menges
ISBN  3936681139  
ISBN13  9783936681130  

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The first fairy tales I heard  Sep 21, 2007
My father read them to me, when I was 4, sitting in the crook of his arm (I know I was 4, because at five, I was too BIG to sit in the crook of his arm, and besides, I could read). He must have read them to me a lot, because I still remember "the cold gray fingers of dawn were clutching at the fading stars," from "The Young King" (my favorite, then), and--in "The Selfish Giant," the words TRESSPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED were capitalized, and when he got to them, he'd make me "read" them aloud.
It is thus hard for me to say they aren't children's stories. Some children's stories are frightening; why shouldn't some be sad?

They are lovely, often very sad (though some end happily), socially conscious (Wilde seems to have had a strong sense of being surrounded by the poor --well, London is not a bad place to find them), and often filled with irony--but the kind children can understand. Some make reference to God, and one to Christ, indirectly (though the clergy aren't always so sharp!). Some take us on journeys to strange and foreign places. Some have a rather sophisticated sense of humor (I understood these well enough as a child, but did not like them very much).

It's nice to have them again, in a large-paged (and such white pages!), hardbacked
book. I find the intentionally primitive, brightly-colored illustrations hard to get used to. I expected something more realistic, or even pre-Raphaelite or Art Nouveau. Perhaps others will appreciate them.

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