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The Happy Prince : Wordsworth Classics - Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince

Wordsworth Classics

Paperback Published: 1st November 1993
ISBN: 9781853261237
Number Of Pages: 80
For Ages: 8 - 11 years old

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These fantasies and true-to-life fables were created by Oscar Wilde for his own sons. Here is the tale of the Prince who is not as happy as he seems, of the Selfish Giant who learns how to love children, and of the Star-Child who suffers bitter trials when he rejects his parents. AUTHOR Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin to unconventional parents - his mother Lady Jane Francesca Wilde (1820-96), was a poet and journalist. His father was Sir William Wilde, an Irish antiquarian, gifted writer, and specialist in diseases of the eye and ear. Wilde studied at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (1864-71), Trinity College, Dublin (1871-74) and Magdalen College, Oxford (1874-78).

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Ray takes inspiration from the well-known fairytale, wherein a prince is raised in splendid, protective surroundings. He grows old and dies without ever seeing the misery endured by the people of his city: ignorance is bliss. Only from the leaden perch of the statue raised in his honor can the prince comprehend the truth. Wilde gets fair handling in this adaptation, but curiously, some of the poignancy is lost. Still, this is a wonderful tribute to the importance of compassion. Ray's paintings - sometimes baroque and glittering with gold, other times stiff Egyptian vistas, still other times bleak, Dickensian scenes - are transporting. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9781853261237
ISBN-10: 1853261238
Series: Wordsworth Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 8 - 11 years old
For Grades: 3 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 1st November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 0.51
Weight (kg): 0.05
Edition Type: New edition

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