The Happy Prince and Other Tales

The Happy Prince and Other Tales

by Oscar Wilde

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This is a collection of five short stories (The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket), that are fairytales like moral fables, not only for children, but drenched in subtle hints aimed at the older readers. Each little story is a beautifully told allegory touching to the heart. Each tale in this compilation is different but there is a strong lesson that could be seen in all. This is the lesson of love and friendship, how it differs in every scenario and what exactly is true love or devoted friendship. The lessons teach in these stories of good and bad, bad might not be necessarily evil but more of the selfish kind, it talked of selflessness and how true love redeems everything in the end. These tales are dark and colorful at the same time, and deal mostly with selfishness, compassion, egotism, Christianity, goodwill and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375712616
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/18/2014
Series: Everyman's Library Children's Classics Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 14 MB
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Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He was then educated at Oxford and came to London to pursue his literary career. He is best known for his classic adult novel The Picture of Dorian Grey and his plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest. He died in Paris on 30 November 1900.

Date of Birth:

October 16, 1854

Date of Death:

November 30, 1900

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Paris, France


The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

Table of Contents

The happy prince — The nightingale and the rose — The selfish giant — The devoted friend — The remarkable rocket.

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Happy Prince: And Other Tales 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book as a child. My mother gave it away and I have been searching for it ever since but didn't know the title or author. Thanks to the internet, I finally found it and am thrilled to share this beautiful story of selfless giving form the heart with my children.
Tanishque Sharma More than 1 year ago
THE HAPPY PRINCE It is a story of a swallow and a prince, who was once happy but now is not. The swallow meets the prince on while she is on her way to Egypt. She takes shelter under the statue of the happy prince to spend her night. But soon she finds out that the happy prince is really not happy and then helps him out in helping the poor and old. The story ends with an important message of love, selflessness and charity. I came across this beautiful story while I was going through my cousin’s English books. It is indeed the most beautiful story that I have ever read. Well a short story written by Oscar Wilde set in late 19th century; Wilde brings out the hypocrisy which unfortunately exists even today. Initially written for kids, Happy Prince can be read by a person of any age.
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kritikarr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably my favourite piece of children's literature. Lovely stories beautifully told, though very sad (some perhaps too sad for little children). Also a pretty edition with some gorgeous illustrations.
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((Okay and I'll be on after my school is over tomorrow after about 8:00 becse I have to put my nook up then))