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
Genre: Children's Fiction
No. of Pages: 208
Date of US Publication: 27 October, 2022
My Rating: 2 Stars
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.