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  • Oscar Wilde

    With a dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty, Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for sparkling prose and astute social observation to The Picture of Dorian Gray. After the artist, Basil Hallward, paints his portrait, Dorian Gray frivolously wishes that the picture change, yet he remain the same. Allured by his perverted friend, Henry Wotton, Gray jumps into a life of depravity and sin. With each sin Dorian commits, the painting of him grows increasingly hideous, showing him what is happening to his soul. Taking the listener in and out of London drawing rooms through a life of sex, lies, murder and crime, this melodrama about moral corruption...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    A dark tale of hubris, lust, and self-destruction … as told by a man who famously fell prey to those same impulses in his own life. Oscar Wilde wrote his original interpretation of the Biblical story of Salomé in French, and the play was so controversial that no theatre in England would produce it for nearly four decades. Includes a conversation with director Michael Hackett and Wilde scholar David Rodes. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production starring: Rosalind Ayres as Herodias James Marsters as Iokanaan Andre Sogliuzzo as The Young Syrian and others Kate Steele as Salomé John Vickery as Herod Matthew Wolf as Page of Herodias and others Music by Djivan...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 created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives. Jack invents an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull country home and gallavant in town. Meanwhile, Algernon follows Jack's scam, but his imaginary friend, Bumbury, provides a convenient method of adventuring in the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting...read more

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    La obra retrata al propio Wilde y a buena parte de su mundo íntimo, poderosamente vinculado con la pasión estética. Dorian Gray, muchacho de belleza espléndida, se dedica a apurar los momentos de su vida, convirtiéndola en pasión absoluta, ajeno a cualquier moral, inalterablemente joven, mientras un retrato suyo va envejeciendo y recibiendo en su imagen el desgaste y mancha de la disipación y la abyección voluntarias. Wilde alcanza aquí el punto culminante de sus teorías, decidiéndose ya por una total estética decadente, el triunfo del arte como artificio, frente a la naturaleza. Hoy sigue siendo la más viva y ágil de las "novelas decadentes", una incitación a la báquica...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Do you want to listen to The Importance of Being Earnest? If so then keep reading… A deliciously airily irresponsible comedy. Such is the 'The Importance Of Being Earnest,' the most personally characteristic expression of Wilde's art, and the last of the dramatic productions written under his own name. The dialogue has all the sparkle of bubbles from a gushing spring, and is brim-full of quaint conceits and diverting paradoxes What are you waiting for The Importance of Being Earnest is one click away, select the “Download” button in the top right corner...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place within a single day. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." (Summary from...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Ben Barnes, star of the film adaptation of Dorian Gray, also known for his roles in Westworld and The Chronicles of Narnia. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Robert Mighall. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succès de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old...read more

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    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

    An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of Canterville Chase when its ancestral halls become the home of Hiram Otis, the American Minister to the Court of St. James. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a satire of American materialism, a lampoon of traditional British values, and an amusing twist on the traditional gothic horror...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    This short work of Wilde's was written during his two year incarceration for "gross indecency". This work is a letter which sorts out his life, and his love toward Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde wrote this as a farewell letter to Douglas. (summary by Aaron...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language. Includes an interview with director Michael Hackett, Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Jack Charles Busch as Lady Bracknell Emily Bergl...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Wilde's collection of fairytales has delighted both children and adults since it was first published in 1888. It contains five stories, "The Happy Prince", "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Selfish Giant", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable Rocket". The volunteers who lent their voices to this dramatic reading are Availle, Rebecca Braunert-Plunkett, ElleyKat, Amanda Friday, Libby Gohn, Elizabeth Klett, Arielle Lipshaw, Beth Thomas, and Katalina Watt. (Summary by Charlotte...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    The American Minister and his family have bought the English stately home Canterville Chase, complete with the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville - blood-stains, clanking chains and all. But these modern Americans will have no truck with ghostly goings-on, and set out to beat the spectre at his own...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Just another fancy dinner party, filled with Oscar Wilde's wit and style. Threats of blackmail, political corruption, and romantic love fly in this well-acted and timely Victorian classic. Starring Samantha Eggar, David Warner, Edward Mulhare, Bairbre Dowling, Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy, Ian Abercrombie, Charlotte Rae, William Windom, Sean McClory, and Robert...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged-petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral-while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years. Taking the reader in and out of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, The Picture of Dorian Gray is not simply a melodrama about moral corruption. Laced with bon mots and vivid depictions of upper-class refinement, it is...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    “(T)he past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.” Published originally as “The Soul of Man Under Socialism,” this is not so much a work of sober political analysis; rather it can be summed up as a rhapsodic manifesto on behalf of the Individual. Socialism having deployed technology to liberate the whole of humanity from soul-destroying labour, the State obligingly withers away to allow the free development of a joyful, anarchic hedonism... “Is this Utopian? A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always...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

    This story is from the book the Happy Prince and other Stories. In these tales, most of them being sad and even very sad, Oscar Wilde looks for a way to save one's soul in front of the misery of the world. In these tales the character will manage to obtain their salvation from their upper class blindness, by opening their eyes to misery and suffering and by doing what they can to repair these pains and...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