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  • Oscar Wilde

    The collected BBC radio productions of the major works of Oscar Wilde, plus bonus play by Neil Bartlett Loved for his flamboyant personality, sparkling wit and brilliant epigrams, Oscar Wilde was a comic genius and a literary icon. This collection reflects the many facets of his dazzling talent. Here are dramatisations of his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, a Gothic tale of a gilded aristocrat who makes a dangerous pact, as well as four scintillating social comedies – Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband. Among the distinguished casts are Ian MacDiarmid, Joely Richardson, Edward Fox, Diana Rigg, Martin...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    A BBC radio celebration of the works of Oscar Wilde, including energetic adaptations of his best-known plays, short stories, and original dramas about the man himself Long before he'd produced any of his great works, Oscar Wilde was already famous for being famous. Armed only with some witty epigrams, a carefully crafted persona and his genius for self-promotion, he had conquered America and transformed himself from nobody to star. This radio collection opens with four plays from Radio 4's Born to be Wilde season, offering a 21st Century perspective on the making of one of the first true celebrities. First up are two sparkling and surprising productions of his two most popular...read more

  • Virginia Woolf

    A treasure chest of timeless short stories by some of the world's greatest authors Suspense and horror 1 The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire - Arthur Conan Doyle 2 The Signalman - Charles Dickens 3 Lost Hearts - MR James 4 The Sealed Room - Arthur Conan Doyle. 5 Mrs Badgery - Wilkie Collins 6 Wailing Well - MR James 7 The Open Window - Saki 8 How it happened - Arthur Conan Doyle 9 The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe 10 The Cone - HG Wells 11 A Haunted House - Virginia Woolf 12 Rats - MR James 13 The Oval Portrait - Edgar Allan Poe 14 Tarquin of Cheapside - F. Scott Fitzgerald 15 One Crowded Hour - Arthur Conan Doyle 16 The Mezzotint - MR James 17 The Masque of the Red...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...read more

  • 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

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on the 16th October 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. The son of Dublin intellectuals Oscar proved himself an outstanding classicist at Trinity College and then at Oxford. Wilde then moved to London and its fashionable cultural and social circles. With his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the most well-known personalities of his day.His only novel, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ was published in 1890 and he then moved on to writing for the stage with ‘Salome’ in 1891. His society comedies were enormous hits and turned him into one of the most successful writers of late Victorian London.Whilst his...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on the 16th October 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. The son of Dublin intellectuals Oscar proved himself an outstanding classicist at Trinity College and then at Oxford. Wilde then moved to London and its fashionable cultural and social circles. With his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the most well-known personalities of his day.His only novel, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ was published in 1890 and he then moved on to writing for the stage with ‘Salome’ in 1891. His society comedies were enormous hits and turned him into one of the most successful writers of late Victorian London.Whilst his...read more

  • Edith Nesbit

    An irresistible anthology of folklore, fables and perennial favourites, including four novels and 17 short stories This superlative collection of children's stories brings together a feast of fantastic fiction, read in full by a host of top narrators and with a comprehensive track listing for ease of listening. Comprising everything from fairytales for little ones to thrilling adventures for pre-teens, these unabridged readings are ideal for families to keep, treasure and dip into as their children grow. Listed by suggested age range and with track numbers provided, the stories are as follows: Ages 4+ 1-12 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (read by Carolyn...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

    This first collection of the correspondence of Oscar Wilde begins with the Irish playwright's earliest extant letter, thanking his mother for the hamper she had sent to him at school. It includes letters about his travels in Italy, his American lecture tour, the staging of his first play (Vera, or the Nihilists), arrangements for the publication of a friend's poetry collection, and exchanges in the press with artist James McNeill Whistler. The letters, some of which have been excerpted or redacted, are sourced from auction catalogues, newspapers, biographies, and other texts in the public domain. For a complete collection of Wilde's letters, please see "The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde,"...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde - The Poems. When we think of Oscar Wilde we think of his wonderful wit and of course his plays and short stories. We rarely think of his poetry. We should. His work brings new insights into both his view of the world and how we can view him. Of course many know The Ballad Of Reading Gaol and now we bring you many others; Endymon; Serenade; Helas!; Requescat; Italia; Athanasia; Chanson; The Ballad Of Reading Gaol; To Milton; A Vision; Sonnet To Liberty; Easter Day; Vita Nuova; Her Voice; Impression Du Matin; Sonnet On Approaching Italy; The Grave Of Shelley; In The Gold Room - A Harmony; Santa Decca; Madonna Mia; The Garden Of Eros. This selection is read for you by Sean...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde - Lord Arthur Savile's Crime. In this brilliant satire, Oscar Wilde targets the English aristocracy. Lord Arthur's life is thrown into turmoil with the dire prophecy that he will commit murder. His forthcoming marriage postponed, he sets about finding his victim..... This classic story is read for you by Garard Green, who has worked extensively for the BBC and voiced more than 900 films and...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    ?Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author's most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused a scandal when it ?rst appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel's corrupting in?uence, he responded that there is, in fact, "a terrible moral in Dorian Gray." Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray's relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, "Basil Hallward is what I...read more

  • Henner Hildebrandt

    Als der abgetrennte Kopf einer jungen Frau in der Londoner Universität seziert werden soll, erbleicht der unterrichtende Professor. Er kennt die Tote, die vor wenigen Tagen noch quicklebendig war. Offenkundig ist ein grauenhaftes Verbrechen geschehen. Mycroft Holmes schickt Oscar Wilde auf die Spur der Toten - und der kommt mithilfe von Abel Hawthorne einer teuflischen Intrige um Leichenhandel auf die Spur, die ihn zu einem düsteren Hotel in der Londoner East Side führt. Dort finden Wilde und Hawthorne die Antworten, die sie suchen, aber geraten dabei selbst in die Fänge des Mannes, der die Leichen produziert. Werden sie dem Wahnsinnigen noch entkommen...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Algernon Moncrieff, a bachelor-about-town, has invented an invalid friend called Bunbury in order to get out of tiresome family engagements. At the same time, his friend Jack Worthing has invented a wicked brother called Ernest to disguise his own misdemeanours. When Algernon poses as Ernest to win the heart of Cecily Cardew, confusion reigns, and it takes the discovery of an old black handbag to reveal the truth... Oscar Wilde’s dazzling comedy about mistaken identities and secret engagements still delights audiences over a century after its first performance in 1895. This BBC Radio production, first broadcast in 1977, features Jeremy Clyde as Algernon, Richard Pasco as Worthing,...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Hear the best stories ever written with Puffin Classics on audio. The Happy Prince and Other Stories is a haunting, magical fairy tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (amongst 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. The downloadable audiobook edition of this magical story for young and old, unabridged and read by John...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Featured title on PBS's The Great American Read in 2018 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...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    The wonderful Stephen Fry reads more stories by Oscar Wilde. The Model Millionaire, The Star Child and The Birthday of the Infanta Immerse yourself in a world where the wonderful Stephen Fry reads some of the more memorable short stories of our time. Stephen's voice takes you into a different kind of listening experience, enabling you to imagine narrative, settings, animals and people with vivid colour and meaning. Enjoy the work of one of the most celebrated writers of our time - Irish poet, playwright and short story writer Oscar Wilde. A brilliant combination of reader and writer come together in these six Children's short stories which are available from the 1st Decemeber...read more

  • Bleak December

    Colin Baker (Doctor Who) stars in this delightful adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic tale of the ghost who has lost his knack at haunting. When a modern American family moves into an old English manor with a sinister history, they ignore the warnings and hauntings by the house's fearful, cantankerous, spectral inhabitant... Horror and hilarity will ensue in this timeless, family-friendly entertainment—featuring a full cast, sound effects, and an original musical...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Los mejores libros jamás escritos. Por primera vez en Audiolibro «Si la vida no tenía aliciente para él, la muerte no le aterraba. ¡Que se cumpliese su Destino! No haría nada por evitarlo.» La ironía, la honda melancolía y la inconfundible mirada desencantada de Oscar Wilde impregnan cada una de estas páginas, erigiéndose como un monumento paródico y duramente crítico hacia la sociedad victoriana de finales del siglo XIX. Todo ello esbozado con un estilo único, patente desde las sátiras de «El crimen de lord Arthur Savile» y «El fantasma de Canterville» hasta los cuentos de hadas como «El Príncipe Feliz», «El ruiseñor y la rosa» y «El gigante...read more