The Happy Prince and Other Stories


by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde made up these very special fairy stories for children. He was telling them more than stories about princes, giants, nightingales, and roses, he was teaching them about life and the way to live it. You will find in them so much sweetness and tenderness you will never forget them.


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The richness of Oscar Wilde’s way with words and ideas are given full range in this sparkling collection of short stories written between 1887 and 1891. There are ghost stories, moral tales, detective fiction and, above all, fairy stories here to delight and entertain. From the comically unsuccessful and unhappy spook in ‘The Canterville Ghost’ to the incompetent would-be murderer in ‘Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime’ we are treated to the extravagance and dexterity of Wilde’s wit. However it is particularly in the fairy stories that we see the brilliance of Wilde’s vision of society and human action, with each tale having both beauty and simplicity while at the same time exploring complex moral issues. The challenge and pleasure of Wilde’s short stories is the simultaneous appeal to both child and adult with their themes of Love, Truth and Sacrifice which are as relevant today as they were when they were written.

They can be read aloud to children of six, and everybody will want a copy for their own private delight when they are older. There is no age for this book – it is a brilliant and haunting treasure house for everybody.

Additional information

Book Condition

Used – Good




204 pages, pocket book


1994, first published May 1, 1888


Fiction, Childrens, Classics, Fantasy, Short Stories

Book Series

Penguin Popular Classics


Locus Award Nominee for Best Illustrated or Art Book (2020)

The Happy Prince and Other Stories


1 in stock