October 15, 2008

Wilde Fairy Tales



Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde in Dublin, Ireland. He is best known for his plays and for his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891). But did you know that Wilde also wrote fairy tales? His collection, The Happy Prince and Other Stories, was published in 1888, and his second collection, A House of Pomegranates, was published in 1891.

The stories are written in the traditional fairy tale style of Grimms and Anderson. Even though I didn’t find them as colorful as his novel—which I absolutely adore—I have enjoyed the tales I have read so far. The sad and somewhat disheartening fairy tale “The Nightingale and the Rose” is my favorite.


Read Wilde’s fairy tales plus great art work

Wikipedia Bio of Wilde


Image courtesy of Wikipedia

6 comments:

Crystal-Rain Love said...

I've read the Dorian Gray book, but although I've always been one to love older books like Fitzgerald's , Jane Austen's, and Twain's...and yes, in school I read Shakespeare for enjoyment. I just couldn't get into it. I wonder though, if my image wasn't warped from the character Dorian Gray in The League Of Extroardinary Gentlemen. After watching Stuart Townsend portray Gray in that movie, the book didn't have a chance with me. It just came out as bland.

Dorlana said...

Thanks to my 9th grade English Teacher I fell in love with Romeo and Juliet - I feel bad that I don't remember the teacher's name...
I just finished reading The Great Gatsby. I had started reading it a long time ago, but for some reason I couldn't get into it. But this time the writing and the journey, more than the story, hooked me - kind of in the same way as Dorian Gray.

Book Calendar said...

I really enjoyed the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. They are also available as graphic novels which are quite entertaining to look at.

Dorlana said...

A Fairy tale as a Graphic novel - Neat! - I'll have to look that up. Thanks :)

Princess Haiku said...

Haven't read the fairy tales of Wilde and will add them to my reading list. Your blog is looking great, Dorlana. Sorry, I didn't post a "gone on summer break" on my blog but needed a time out. I didn't mean for it to be so long and then I got unfortunately swept up into the political thing.

Dorlana said...

Hi Princess,
Thanks. We all need a time out every once in awhile. :)