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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

Oscar Wilde

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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories is a collection of short semi-comic mystery stories. This collection exemplifies Wilde's sharp wit and dark humour. Stories in this collection include Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Canterville Ghost, The Sphinx Without a Secret, The Model Millionaire, and The Portrait Of Mr W H

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. . .crêpe-de-chine, and her large leaf-shaped fan, she looked like one of those delicate little figures men find in the olive-woods near Tanagra; and there was a touch of Greek grace in her pose and attitude.  Yet she was not petite.  She was simply perfectly proportioned—a rare thing in an age when so many women are either over life-size or insignificant.

Now as Lord Arthur looked at her, he was filled with the terrible pity that is born of love.  He felt that to marry her, with the doom of murder hanging over his head, would be a betrayal like that of Judas, a sin worse than any the Borgia had ever dreamed of.  What happiness could there be for them, when at any moment he might be called upon to carry out the awful prophecy written in his hand?  What manner of life would be theirs while Fate still held this fearful fortune in the scales?  The marriage must be postponed, at all costs.  Of this he was quite resolved.  Ardently thoug. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite authors, I read this book many years ago at school and I remember loving the short stories, especially Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.
I'm very happy to have read it again as I found it extremely entertaining, this book was under no circumstances an “easy read” but t...more

Una raccolta di racconti spumeggiante, che ha in sé tutto il grande Wilde.
Luci e ombre, piccoli gioielli nati dalla sua penna. Mi sono divertita con Lord Arthur e i suoi tentativi di uccidere qualcuno. Mi è calata la lacrima sul Gigante egoista, dolcezze quasi rare in Oscar, come nel caso dell’u...more

“Early in life she had discovered the important truth that nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion;”
― Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

(D8U getting Wide)

Vol N° 59 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set. This volume contains the title story, which first appeared in 1891.

I lo...more

3.5 stars for this satirical Victorian-era novella by Oscar Wilde. Young Lord Arthur, engaged to the lovely Sybil (interesting name choice, there!) goes to a posh party hosted by Lady Windermere, where one of the amusements is the eerily accurate fortune-telling by her pet palm reader, Mr. Podger...more


Wilde adora pôr a ridículo a sociedade inglesa e socorre-se de todos os subterfúgios para o fazer!
A sua imaginação fértil alia-se à sua língua afiada e o resultado é invariavelmente brilhante ;)

Imagine you're attending a reception where you get to meet a cheiromantist (palm reader dude), this later tell you that you're gonna commit murder, what would you do? That's exactely what happened to Lord Arthur, who's engaged to be married to the most beautiful lady in london, lord Arthur loves...more

I almost always hate parodies of the gothic genre. I love the gothic, so when someone slates it, I slate them. It’s just how these things work. But, this, this was good. Rather than completely pissing on the genre, Wilde pokes fun at it; he teases it and makes it humorous. He doesn’t make it seem...more

Here is a collection of two short stories by Oscar Wilde.
It is good to know something else about him than the Portrait of Dorian Gray.
I enjoyed reading these novels, although one is more interesting than the other. Listed in Victorian English society, one can see in filigree the habits and custom...more

Oscar Wilde is one of the few writers whose short stories I can tolerate. He had his obvious wit and his subtle humour to go along with characters that are both expressly Victorian and curiously of the new age. Intriguing tale of fortune telling that gives both pleasure and something indeed to th...more

I really, really enjoyed this one! This was an absolutely hilarious parody of the Gothic genre in true Oscar Wilde fashion. Highly recommend this for a short and funny introduction into Wilde's writing.

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