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The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

Author(s) : Oscar Wilde

A modern fairy tale about the selfless acts of a golden statue and a migrating swallow. The swallow meets the statue of the late ‘Happy Prince’. The Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Canterville Ghost who has haunted the Canterville Chase, a London mansion for 300 years are all a part of the stories contained within the book.

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Oscar Wilde, the famous poet and writer, was born on October 16, 1854 in Ireland. Oscar's mother, Lady Jane, was a successful poet and journalist. Oscar's father, Sir William Wilde was a leading ear and eye surgeon and a gifted writer.

Oscar was educated at Portora Royal School, Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford. After university, Oscar moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles and tried his hand at various literary activities. He published a book of poems, lectured in the United States of America and Canada and then returned to London where he worked as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known personalities of his day.

In 1888, he published The Happy Prince and Other Tales written for his two sons. His first and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was published in 1891 and received quite a negative response.

Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.

His works have inspired countless fellow authors; been translated to numerous languages; and been adapted to the stage and screen many times over.