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This version of Oscar Wilde's only published novel has been especially formatted for the latest e-­readers. The text first appeared as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. The title of the book is often translated The Portrait of Dorian Gray, however This version remains true to the original. The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian's beauty and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry's world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfillment of the senses. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses his desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than . . .

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The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

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The Importance of Being Earnest is the last play Oscar Wilde ever wrote, and remains his most enduringly popular. It makes fun of social graces in the late Victorian era. Two seemingly unrelated parties are thrown into ridiculous entanglement when their fake identities, maintained in order to escape social responsibilities, grow ever more complicated to uphold.

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The story begins when Mr Otis's family shifted to Canterville Chase, despite warnings from Lord Canterville that the house is haunted. The Otis family includes Mr. and Mrs. Otis, their daughter Virginia, twin boys (often referred to as "Stars and Stripes") and their oldest son Washington. At the onset of the tale, not one member of the Otis family believes in ghosts, but shortly after they move in, none of them can deny the presence of Sir Simon (The Ghost). The family hears clanking chains, they witness re-­appearing bloodstains "on the floor just by the fireplace", and they see strange apparitions in various forms. But, humorously, none of these scare the Otises in the least. In fact, upon hearing the clanking noises in the hallway, Mr. Otis promptly gets out of bed and pragmatically offers the ghost Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator to oil his chains. Despite Sir Simon?­s attempts to appear in the most gruesome guises, the family refuses to be frightened, and Sir Simon feels . . .

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Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works.

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Wilde's dramatic masterpiece set in London. Many of the themes of An Ideal Husband were influenced by the situation Oscar Wilde found himself in during the early 1890s. "Sooner or later we shall all have to pay for what we do. But no one should be entirely judged by their past.­"

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DRAME EN UN ACTE

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Die Veröffentlichung seines ersten und einzigen Romans "Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray", in dem er den scheiternden Versuch eines Lebens als Kunstwerk, die dramatische Beziehung zwischen Schönheit und Sittlichkeit darstellt, löste einen Skandal aus. Er verletzte damit nicht nur den viktorianischen Moralkodex, sondern schildert mit diesem Thema der europäischen Dekadenz auch seinen ureigensten Konflikt. So wurde der Roman zum Dokument der Krise im künstlerischen Selbstverständnis des Exzentrikers Oscar Wilde.

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La novela cuenta la historia de un joven llamado Dorian Gray, retratado por el artista Basilio Hallward, quien queda enormemente impresionado por la belleza física de Dorian y comienza a encapricharse con él, creyendo que esta belleza es la responsable de la nueva forma de su arte. Charlando en el jardín de Basil, Dorian conoce a Lord Henry Wotton, un amigo de Basil, y empieza a cautivarse por la visión del mundo de Lord Henry. Exponiendo un nuevo tipo de hedonismo, Lord Henry indica que "lo único que vale la pena en la vida es la belleza, y la satisfacción de los sentidos". Al darse cuenta de que un día su belleza se desvanecerá, Dorian desea tener siempre la edad de cuando le pintó en el cuadro Basil. El deseo de Dorian se cumple, mientras él mantiene para siempre la misma apariencia del cuadro, la figura en él retratada envejece por él. Su búsqueda del placer lo lleva a una serie de actos de libertinaje y perversión; pero, el retrato sirve como un recordatorio de los efectos . . .

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Oscar Wilde demuestra una vez más su maestría en las letras, esta vez a través de cinco relatos infantiles, publicados por primera vez en 1888. Relatos que se han convertido ya en historias universales como “El gigante egoísta” o “El ruiseñor y la rosa”. Y como Wilde decía: "Los buenos novelistas son mucho más raros que los buenos hijos. Quizá sería lícito añadir que los buenos cuentistas son aún más raros que los buenos novelistas”. Y sin duda este recopilatorio es una buena muestra de un excelente cuentista......

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Playwright, poet, essayist, flamboyant man-­about-­town, Oscar Wilde pack an astonishing amount of work, genius, and controversy into two short decades, producing masterworks in every literary genre. This selection includes almost all of his short stories, including "The Canterville Ghost,­" "The Fisherman and his Soul,­" and "The Remarkable Rocket.­" Alongside THE MODEL MILLIONAIRE, Harper Perennial will publish the short fiction of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Herman Melville, Willa Cather, Leo Tolstoy, and Stephen Crane to be packaged in a beautifully designed, boldly colorful boxset in the aim to attract contemporary fans of short fiction to these revered masters of the form. Also, in each of these selections will appear a story from one of the new collections being published in the "Summer of the Short Story.­" A story from Simon Van Booy's forthcoming collection, LOVE BEGINS IN WINTER, will be printed at the back of this volume.

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