Author(s): Oscar Wilde
In this haunting, magical fairytale collection, Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (among others) the Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, the Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and the Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should. Each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoyed by children.
Although ultimately a collection of children’s fairy tales, these stories mostly veer away from the wit and sarcasm Oscar Wilde is usually known for. However, they are still characterised by Wilde’s scathing critique of the ruling class and his empathy for the marginalised and the downcast parts of society. ‘The Happy Prince’ and the rest of the collection are a deeply melancholic ode to poverty, suffering and sadness whilst also revealing acute and piercing moments of transcendental beauty. A collection that is a mediation on the nature of life and humanity. Loved these stories as a child and love them still. - Nadishka, The Book Grocer