The Complete Fairy Stories of Oscar Wilde: 70th-anniversary gift edition

The Complete Fairy Stories of Oscar Wilde: The new, stunning 70th-anniversary gift edition by Oscar Wilde, Philippe Jullian

Title:  The Complete Fairy Stories of Oscar Wilde: The new, stunning 70th-anniversary gift edition
Author:  Oscar Wilde, Philippe Jullian
Publisher:  Duckworth Books 
Genre: Children's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 208
Date of US Publication:  27 October, 2022
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

This is a reprint of a 1952 children’s book with Oscar Wilde’s tales, lovely illustrations by Philippe Julian and an afterword by one of WIlde’s sons. It’s a beautiful collection, perfect for fans of the author.

I remember some of these tales as a child (80’s), but re-reading them now - well, it’s disappointing to realize that the stories I enjoyed then really haven’t aged well - the author wrote with the mindset of many of his time - and given the mention of slavery,  death in some of the stories, and suffering in others, I wouldn’t recommend this as a family read-aloud. Also, please know that Wilde’s writing here isn’t secular; most stories contain religious tones in parts. 

eARC kindly provided by Duckworth Books and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


'Triumphs of the imagination'



The complete collection, first published in 1952 with exquisite illustrations by the celebrated artist Philippe Jullian, republished in a beautiful giftable edition.

For nearly 150 years, the classic fairy stories of Oscar Wilde have been cherished by readers of all ages. Rediscover all nine of the stories first published in The Happy Prince and other stories (1888) and A House of Pomegranates (1891) in this beautiful new edition of Duckworth's exquisite 1952 complete collection, featuring intricate illustrations by the celebrated twentieth-century artist and aesthete Phillippe Jullian, and an afterword by Wilde's son Vyvyan Holland.


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