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  • Oscar Wilde

    Written during his time in Reading Gaol, De Profundis is Oscar Wilde's moving letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, whose relationship with Wilde led to the poet's imprisonment. Here Wilde repudiates Lord Alfred and reflects on his ordeal, acknowledging how the depths of his sorrow have helped liberate him towards a fuller, freer wisdom. Brimming with beautiful passages, De Profundis is a profound and inspiring treatise on the meaning of suffering, and is introduced by Wilde's only grandchild, Merlin...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    When The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1891, it evoked a tremendous amount of hostile criticism, in most part due to its immoral content. Oscar Wilde was identified with the 'art for art''s sake' movement of the nineteenth century which did not subordinate art to ethical instruction. However, this novel is indeed a morality tale about the hazards of egotistical self-indulgence. 'If it were I,' exclaims Dorian, 'who were always to be young and that picture that was to grow old . . . I would give my soul for that.' With that spoken, the tale of this young hero of amazing beauty, Dorian Gray, begins. His pact with evil allows his portrait to take on his many sins and...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Basil Hallward, an artist, meets Dorian Gray and paints his portrait. The artist is so infatuated with Dorian’s beauty that he begins to believe it is the reason for his quality of art. Dorian becomes convinced that beauty is all-important and wishes his portrait could age instead of him. But each time Dorian commits a sin his portrait ages, showing him what is happening to his soul. “A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both?”--Amazon.com, editorial...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    One of Oscar Wilde's best beloved short stories dealing with romance, love, and murder, with the discussion of murder being light-hearted and witty as only Wilde can do. A must read for Oscar Wilde...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    4 of Oscar Wilde's best stories, perhaps his best work of all, but, in any case well worth hearing for their wide range of thoughts, emotions, and wit. Afterword for those interested! Strictly optional. An American voice at listener...read more

  • Gareth Tilley

    Meet the Otis family: Mister and Missus, and their four children - Washington, the twins called Stars and Stripes, and their daughter Virginia. They've just moved from America and into the English country manor of Canterville Chase. Though rumors persist that the house is haunted, the Otis's have none of it, and set about making the house their own. Then come the mysterious clanking chains and the bloodstains on the floor, and soon even the Otis family must come face to face with that most feared of creatures - The Canterville Ghost. But will the Ghost be able to survive his encounters with the erstwhile Americans? Based on the immortal short story by Oscar Wilde, the award-winning...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde is remembered as one of the wittiest minds ever, thanks to his provocative style and humor. In the 1890s, he was one of London's most popular playwrights; his masterpieces are The Importance of Being Earnest and the dark and fantastical Picture of Dorian Gray. His writings entwine themes of beauty, decadence and duplicity, which made him a more than colorful agent provocateur in the Victorian society. This would eventually lead to a very public trial after he was accused of sodomy. His defense, punctuated with witticism, often left the court roaring with laughter, but the evidence was against him, and he was eventually sent to prison. We have selected for you 100 of his funniest...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Four classic comedies from one of the wittiest playwrights in Western literature. Lady Windermere’s Fan The irreverent satire that launched Wilde’s succession of classical comedies. A Lord, his wife, her admirer and an infamous blackmailer converge in this delicious comic feast of scandal. A divinely funny comedy of good girls, bad husbands and the moral hypocrisy of British high society in the late nineteenth century. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Roger Rees, Eric Stoltz, Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Going, Gina Field, Judy Geeson, Arthur Hanket, Lisa Harrow, Dominic Keating, James Warwick, Tom Wheatley. Directed by Michael Hackett. An Ideal...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Lord Murchison recounts to his old friend a strange tale of a woman he had loved and intended to marry, but was now dead. She had always been very secretive and mysterious, and he one day followed her to see where she went, discovering her stealthfully going to a boarding house. He suspected there was another man, and confronted her the next day. She confessed to having been there, but said nothing happened. He did not believe her and left; she died some time later. Read in English,...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Hughie Erskine is in love and wants to marry, but the girl's father will not allow it, since Erskine has no money. Erskine's friend Alan Trevor is a painter, and he visits him at his studio one day to find him with a pitiable beggar - the model for his painting. Erskine only has one coin, on which he depends for transportation, but he decides he can walk for a couple of weeks and gives the beggar the coin. Read in English,...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Profound truths, wisdom, and a sense of mindfulness contained in many fairy tales and short stories written by Oscar Wilde and Anton Chekhov have that universal appeal which speaks to audiences of all ages and nationalities. The characters embodies in these stories and both familiar and mysterious, they open doors and make us think and, above all, are a source of inspiration. This volume speaks of friendship, passion and true meaning of love and contains the following works: The Star-Child by Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, About Love by Anton Chekhov. Read in English,...read more

  • Beatrix Potter

    The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything'. Some of the most memorable Oscar Wilde epigrams come from his tales and short stories. Enjoy an eclectic collection of tales by Oscar Wilde and Beatrix Potter and live through the adventures and magic of many mysterious creatures. This volume includes: The Model Millionaire, The Remarkable Rocket by Oscar Wilde, The Roly Poly Pudding, The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter. Read in English,...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Does the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville really exist? And if he does, will he meet his match in the Otis family? Or will the rambunctious Otis children be the very death of him? The answers lie in these witty, hilarious...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    En esta colección presentamos los poemas más variados de Oscar Wilde; desde poemas románticos, hasta poemas lúgubres, pasando por aquellos escritos para exaltar las bondades de personajes famosos. Esta variedad permite apreciar el amplitud de la obra del genial Oscar...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Este ese quizas uno de los mas tristes poemas y quizas el mas real de Oscar Wilde. Lo escribio basado en su experiencia en la Carcel de Reading, donde fue recluido por ser homosexual. El poema cuenta la muerte de un hombre condenado por matar a su propia esposa. Una de las obras mas famosas de Oscar...read more

  • Beatrix Potter

    The magic of Beatrix Potter's country life and wonderful characters Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Timmy Tiptoes are going to delight you in this volume of fairy tales. Those childhood memories are once again going to come to life. Enjoy an eclectic collection of tales by Oscar Wilde and Beatrix Potter and live through the adventures and magic of many mysterious creatures. This volume includes: The Selfish Giant, The Nightingale and the Rose Oscar Wilde, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes, The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter. Read in English,...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde's first play confronts the hypocrisy of public 'morality' compared with genuine, private kindness. When it opened in 1892, Lady Windermere's Fan was an instant success and now, a century later, it continues to be revived frequently. The reasons for its popularity are not difficult to identify the play's witty dialogue contains many of Wilde's most quoted aphorisms, its stylish setting provides opportunities for elegant presentation, and its cast of memorable characters play out a story which is genuinely moving. This new audiobook production brings together a cast worthy of Wilde's creative...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the “best” houses while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating comedy, Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society’s narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans. Includes an interview with Oscar Wilde's only grandchild Merlin Holland, who is also a noted biographer and editor of Wilde's works. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Martin Jarvis as Lord Illingworth Peter Dennis as Sir John Pontefract Jim Norton as Mr. Kelvil, M.P. Robert Machray as The Ven. Archdeacon Daubeny, D.D. Paul...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Moral fantasy novel by Oscar Wilde, published in an early form in Lippincott's Magazine in 1890. The novel had six additional chapters when it appeared in book form in 1891. An archetypal tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul, the novel was a romantic exposition of Wilde's aestheticism. Dorian Gray is a wealthy Englishman who gradually sinks into a life of dissipation and crime. Despite his unhealthy behavior, his physical appearance remains youthful and unmarked by dissolution. Instead, a portrait of himself catalogues every evil deed by turning his once handsome features into a hideous mask. When Gray destroys the painting, his face turns into a human...read more