The Happy Prince and Other Fairy Tales

The Happy Prince and Other Fairy Tales

by Oscar Wilde


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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) is deservedly famous for the brilliant plays and other works he wrote for adults. But he also was a wonderful writer for children, the author of two charming volumes of fairy tales. In this captivating collection you will find every one of the nine sensitive, unforgettable stories he wrote for young readers.
Included here are "The Happy Prince," a tale of a young nobleman who in his lifetime sought only pleasure, but in death, as a gold-encrusted statue, provides aid to the needy; "The Selfish Giant," in which children are prohibited from playing in the garden of an unfeeling colossus; and "The Star-Child," the tale of a beautiful boy whose ugly spirit causes his physical appearance to become equally grotesque. Also here are such favorites as "The Nightingale and the Rose," "The Birthday of Infants," "The Remarkable Rocket," "The Devoted Friend," "The Young King," and "The Fisherman and His Soul." Reprinted complete and unabridged, these enchanting tales will appeal to devotees of Wilde and fairy tale fans of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486417233
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Series: Dover Children's Evergreen Classics Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 554,544
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet who delighted Victorian England with his legendary wit. He found critical and popular success with his scintillating plays, chiefly The Importance of Being Earnest, while his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, scandalized readers. Imprisoned for two years for homosexual behavior, Wilde moved to France after his release, where he died destitute.

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 Selfish Giant
The Remarkable Rocket
The Devoted Friend
The Happy Prince
The Young King
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Star-Child
The Fisherman and His Soul
The Birthday and the Infanta

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I always liked Oscar Wilde and when I saw this book In Barnes and Noble I immediately bought it for my son. I read it to him not knowing that I had read one of these stories in the past and explained to him after The Happy Prince that, 'This is going to be a great book!' Upon completing it, he said, 'That is a great book!'