I m always going to give Oscar 5 stars I ve been a fan since I was 5 years and became obsessed with The happy prince I have so many favourite stories and poems in this book it s just one of my favourite books to read I read this book at least once a year This version of the book is incredible thick and some difficult to hold What can I say You either love Wilde or you don t understand him, and I love him. In Print Since , This Is A Single Volume Collection Of Oscar Wilde S Texts It Contains His Only Novel, The Portrait Of Dorian Gray As Well As His Plays, Stories, Poems, Essays And Letters Illustrated With Many Photographs, The Book Includes Introductions To Each Section By Wilde S Grandon, Merlin Holoand, Owen Dudley Edwards, Declan Kibertd And Terence Brown A Comprehensive Bibliography Of Works By And About Oscar Wilde Together With A Chronological Table Of His Life And Work Are Also Included So essential it s not even funny Not a better writer in the English language Also if one can have a hero in this world, I think Wilde can fit that bill He maybe the first writer that I realize was a rebel of sorts My first actual rock n roll figure that I looked up to.I started reading Wilde as a young teenager due to the fact that he seemed to be the most glamourous figure in literature Most of my high school friends were into the Beats or such toss as Jonathan Bach, but Wilde was my as T Rex s Marc Bolan would say mainman And the fact that I am straight to be attracted to such a guy figure had a great importance in my life Wilde represented a third way to me The fact that he was outside of his culture appealed to my aesthetic plus it was sexy.Oscar Wilde, born in the 19th Century and dying in the new 20th Century was truly an artist of the 20th Century Oscar Wilde I salute you This was just perfect What else could I say The writing and wit of Oscar Wilde is just admirable and hilarious The adaptations on this audiobook made them come to live and it was so much fun listening I often forgot I was not alone but felt like part of the audience in the theater.I recommend this to anyone who has wanted to give Oscar Wilde a go. 1 The Picture of Dorian Gray2 Lord Arthur Savile s Crime3 The Canterville Chost4 The Sphinx Without a Secret5 The Model Millionaire6 The Young King7 The Birthday of the Infanta8 The Fisherman and His Soul9 The Star Child10 The Happy Prince11 The Nightingale and the Rose12 The Selfish Giant13 The Devoted Friend15 The Remarkable Rocket16 The Importance of Being Earnest17 Lady Windermere s Fan18 A Woman of No Importance19 An Ideal Husband20 Salome21 The Duchess of Padua22 Vera, or the Nihilists23 A Florentine Tragedy24 La Sainte Courtisane25 Poems26 Poems in Prose27 De Profundis28 Two Letters to the Daily Chronicle29 The Decay of Lying30 Pen, Pencil and Poison31 The Critic as Artist32 The Truth of Masks33 The Soul of Man Under Socialism34 The Rise of Historical Criticism35 The Portrait of Mr W.H.36 A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over Educated37 Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young I remember discovering Oscar Wilde with The Picture of Dorian Gray , a luscious and decadent read which, ironically enough, had not only made his success but also caused his downfall being quoted ad nauseam during his trial Well, Oscar Wilde, we know, finally ended up in jail His work from behind bars is, about, really touching First,De Profundis , his letter to his lover, is an insightful take upon his fate the pain of a man looked upon, ruined and humiliated, who nevertheless has the unforgiving lucidity to don t spare himself for his mistakes For sure, it reeks of a sad bitterness It is, nevertheless, so honest it s quite disarming Then, hisThe Ballad of Reading GaolPowerful verses, grim but deeply heartfelt, here s one of his most intense text, and surely one of his best work Well, as far as I am concerned, it certainly stands out from the rest of his poetry HisPoemsindeed are, overall, quite bad A classicist at heart, Oscar Wilde attempted to follow strict formal rules that are everything but suited to his stylised and flowery language, going over the top and feeling way too rigid I preferred hisProse Poems , where he tossed off such strictness to completely unleash himself In fact, mostly religious mystic his prose displays him at his playful best As for the plays I am not one for theatre it s just not my cup of tea I have to say though that I absolutely enjoyed reading most of hisLady Windermere s Fanmy personal favourite ,The Importance of Being Earnest ,A Woman of No ImportanceOscar Wilde is witty, sharp, cynical and sarcastic, always catching the reader off guard with the unexpected, and his creativity and bluntness are a delight that takes no prisoner I just struggled withAn Ideal Husband , predictable, too long, and tiring for its feel of d ja vu I didn t know he had written a tragedyThe Duchess of Padua, which was a nice surprise, especially since it s a really good play overall My favourite remains, however,Salomwonderfully poetic, dark, occult, bathed in bloody moonlight, all here is but foggy vision dancing enthrallingly before our hypnotised eyes Noteworthy too are his essays on ArtIntentionsandThe Decay of Lyingmay not be ground breaking, but they deserve a read to better understand what he meant by some of his most famous and misunderstood quotes e.g life imitates art and the like His tales are entertaining too, though I disliked the ones he wrote for children all unsuited and complete failure.All in all then, here s a great compilation It can feel unequal again, some of his work was really bad most of his poems, a few tales but, considering how far ranging, creative, sharp and, above all, so unique such a writer was, it s impossible to don t be in awe A pure jewel, that deserves to adorn the personal libraries of every lovers of literature.. Brilliant writing Real, deep themes which one can relate to the present life A fantastic ending Definitely worth every single one of those 5 stars. Wilde has such a gift with phrasing, I always think about how parallel he seems to me with Ryan Adams So many accolades so early, then such a fever to tear him apart.Here s a few quotes A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.Arguments are to be avoided they are always vulgar and often convincing.Biography lends to death a new terror Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.Genius is born not paid.I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.I am not young enough to know everything.I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they ll kill you.Illusion is the first of all pleasures.It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal.Man is least himself when he talks in his own person Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.Most people are other people Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Yet each man kills the thing he loves After being such a huge fan of The Picture of Dorian Gray, I knew I needed to exploreof Wilde s writing Unfortunately this was a bit of a mixed bag for me Dorian Gray is at the very beginning and I decided not to reread it I ll do that another day After this we had Lord Arthur Saville s Crime, wherein Lord Arthur is told by a palm reader that it is in his destiny to be a murderer however, he wants to get married but decides he has no right to do so until he has committed the murder Hilarity ensuesThen there was The Canterville Ghost which was an absolute blast It s about the Otis family who move into a haunted house, but no matter what the ghost does, the family refuse to be frightened It was so incredibly funny at times with Mr Otis advising the ghost that maybe he should oil his chains and Mrs Otis delivering lines like I don t at all care for blood stains in a sitting room LOL The combination of the macabre with some comedy was just perfect Following this we have a number of stories for children that Wilde has written These were hit and miss for me personally Certain themes and messages became a bit repetitive there was always a lovely message at the end, but sometimes the message made me roll my eyes have I become cynical in my old age Next up was A House of Pomegranates which is a collection of his fairy tales Again, all beautifully written I can never fault that but I am not a huge fairy tale person So again, up and down The collection closes with The Ballad of Reading Gaol, which Tes paperbackbones had told me about before, which is a poem that Wilde had written in exile following his release from the same prison The inclusion of this poem at the very end left quite a different tone from the stories that preceded it It narrates the execution of a fellow inmate, highlighting the punishments that all convicts share I don t read much poetry but thought this one was well written and impactful.So whilst this collection was hit and miss, I will continue to love this man s voice 3.5 stars.