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The Happy Prince and Other Tales

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales  by Oscar Wilde, book reviewThe Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of children’s stories by Oscar Wilde and was published in 1888. The collection contains The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend and The Remarkable Rocket. The stories are laced with Wilde’s descriptive flourishes of flowers and nature and the first three in particular are wonderful and quite heartbreaking at times. There is often a very obvious religious subtext (with acts of kindness, generosity and sacrifice rewarded in fantastical ways) and some incredibly touching and sad moments but the stories, for the most part, manage to be uplifting too and Wilde’s major theme is always that we should think of others and not just ourselves.


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