The Happy Prince
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 evils.
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was
an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, short story writer and
Freemason. Wilde was one of the most successful playwrights of late
Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day,
known for his barbed and clever wit.
Wilde wrote prose, his most famous collection
of fairy tales being The Happy Prince and Other Tales. His only
novel was The Picture of Dorian Gray. But his fame as a dramatist
began with a string of successful plays and culminating with his
masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest. His final writing was
the famous poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
While at college, Wilde became particularly
well known for his role in the aesthetic and decadent movements.
He began wearing his hair long and openly scorning so-called "manly"
sports, and began decorating his rooms with peacock feathers, lilies,
sunflowers, blue china and other objets d'art. He suffered a dramatic
downfall and was imprisoned after being convicted in a famous trial
for gross indecency, a term at the time that referred to homosexual
acts. Wilde died in November of 1900.
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