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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Canterville Ghost (1887)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1899)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1904)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Sphinx Without a Secret (1887)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord Arthur Saville's Crime (1887)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nightingale and the Rose (1888)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Selfish Giant (1888)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Remarkable Rocket (1888)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devoted Friend (1888)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Birthday of the Infanta (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star-Child (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Young King (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fisherman & His Soul (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Florentine Tragedy (1906)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

Vera or the Nihilists (1880)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Duchess of Padua (1883)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Salomé (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady Windermere's Fan (1893)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Ideal Husband (1893)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Woman of No Importance (1894)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Plays (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

The Duchess of Padua (1883)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Model Millionaire (1887)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Happy Prince (1888)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A House of Pomegranates (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intentions (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems (1896)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings (1898)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (1908)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reviews (1908)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prose of Oscar Wilde (1909)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reviews (1909)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Harlot's House (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Selfish Giant & Other Classic Tales (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fairy Tales and Stories (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Illustrated Stories, Plays and Poems of Oscar Wilde (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oscar Wilde’s Stories for All Ages (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lies: Vintage Minis (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Decay of Lying (1889)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oscariana (1895)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sixteen Letters from Oscar Wilde (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nothing... Except My Genius (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Poetry Collections

Ravenna (1878)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poems (1881)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poems in Prose (1894)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sphinx (1894)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ballad of Reading Gaol (1896)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Oscar Wilde

For many Oscar Wilde is a writer who needs no introduction, with him being famous for both his wit and his prose. An Irish author, he’s become a highly influential novelist over the years, with many citing his work as being profoundly influential. Readers from around the world have lauded his writing, as he was both funny and he had something important to say. Many of his characters have also stood the test of time, as they’ve become hugely iconic in their own right, leaving a legacy of their own.

Over the course of his literary career, Wilde would be known as a novelist, as well as a poet and a playwright during his lifetime. Many of his pieces would be performed in London, and are still regarded as being massively important to this day. His dialogue had a rhythm of its own, capturing certain a ideas that also still ring true, all delivered in his signature manner of wit. He would also draw heavily from his own life, creating work that would be inspired by his own personal hardships endured.

Leaving behind many epigrams and famous quotations, there’s a number of well known one-liners that are also still used. Writing letters too, he would always entertain whoever he was writing too, making a statement with both his words and his prose. Capturing the attention of the public during his lifetime and following it, it truly is a testament to the what he achieved throughout his literary career. From film adaptations to continuing plays, his mark will continue to leave an imprint for many years to come.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1854 in on the 16th of October, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born and raised at 21 Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland. His childhood home has now become the ‘Oscar Wilde Centre,’ offering scholarships and literary prizes of its own. He was the son of Jane Wilde, herself a poet going under the pen-name of ‘Speranza,’ and Sir William Wilde, a well regarded author in the field of medicine.

Later attending university, Oscar Wilde would attend Trinity College in Dublin, followed by Magdalen College in Oxford. Living in London for some time, as well as speaking across North America, his prominence on the literary circuit and in high-society would grow. Over time his style would also develop, as he’d focus on the style of aestheticism, which would also lead into his own personal style.

During his lifetime he would cause controversy, largely in relation to his own closeted homosexuality which he would heavily hint at in his writing. With homophobia being prevalent at the time in society, this would eventually lead to Wilde being imprisoned from the 25th of May, 1895, to the 18th of May 1897, charged with ‘gross indecency’ as the establishment believed it to be at the time. Dealing with all manner of obstacles and difficulty due to this, his work continues to endure being a testament to his power as a writer.

Writing Career

The first book that Wilde would see published was a book of poems simply titled ‘Poems’ in 1882, which would mark the beginning of his literary career in 1881. Releasing this at just twenty-seven years of age it would see a limited run, followed by another the following year in 1882. Later he would go on to publish the novel ‘The Canterville Ghost’ in 1887, which would become well known as a Gothic horror story.

He would then bring out ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ in 1891, and this would be one of the novels for which he perhaps best known. Often writing for children too, he would publish titles such as ‘The Happy Prince and Other Tales’ in 1888, which would bring together a collection of his fairy-tales. Publishing a number of shorter stories too, along with poems and essays, he would be known for writing for a variety of different publications during his lifetime too.

Since his passing in 1900, his work has gone on to inspire countless films and plays, including a biopics about his own life. One of these notably starred Stephen Fry as the writer, and it would come out in 1997, looking at his relationship with Bosie and his subsequent imprisonment because of it. With a posthumous pardon and many honours dedicated in his name since, Oscar Wilde had a writing career that still inspires today.

The Importance of Being Earnest

As a play, this would first be performed in 1895 on the 14th of February, and would later be published in 1898. Translated worldwide it has since gone on to become hugely influential, with operas, musicals, television and films being adapted from it. Seen as a satire of society at the time, it examines high-society, casting a wry eye on the social conventions of those living within it.

Starting out, this sees the characters of Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew being wooed by a mysterious and mythical suitor known only as ‘Ernest.’ Courting Gwendolen under the ‘Ernest’ moniker, Jack Worthing has sought to woo her, while Jack’s ward, Cecily, has been wooed in a similar manner by Algernon. With both Jack and Algernon going under the name of Ernest, the four of them head to Jack’s country home together. Both Gwendolen and Cecily feel they are now ‘rivals’ for Ernest’s affection, despite him being two different people, as everything is going to come a chaotic climax.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Initially published as a shorter piece in ‘Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine’ in 1890, it would later be published as a full novel in 1891 the following year. Seen as a staple of the Gothic genre of the time, the character of Dorian Gray has gone on to become an iconic literary figure. At the time it would cause somewhat of a scandal due to its themes and ideas, but has since gone on to be regarded as a classic, with adaptations for film, the stage, and television.

Featuring the fashionable young man Dorian Gray, it sees him having his painting painted by the artist Basil Hallward. Witnessing this, Lord Henry Wootton inspires Dorian to pursue hedonism and sensuality, which he does so with a wild abandon. Meanwhile his portrait magically takes his sins and vice, as Dorian remains young and handsome, despite his ever increasing corruption. Covering the painting in the attic, he hides it as ages, showing the truth of who Dorian really is, despite his public blemish free appearance.

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