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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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Book Excerpt: 
. . .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

"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast."

Ok,so it seems that people here have two different sets of story whit some in common.
I have Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Canterville Ghost, The Model Millionaire, The Sphinx Without a Secret, and The Portrait of Mr. W.H. so I will only give my opinions of those,maybe I will also read the other...more

4,5 Sterne

Großartig, also das Buch war wirklich unheimlich witzig und die Komik der Handlung war gleichzeitig merkwürdig, aufgrund dessen, wie gehandelt wurde, aber auch so schön in Szene gesetzt, dass es einfach unfassbar Spaß gemacht hat dieses Buch zu lesen.

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

Mais uma leitura que serviu para reforçar a ideia que eu tinha do autor: perspicácia e sentido de humor são o seu nome do meio!

I was surprised when I discovered I hadn't read this set of Oscar Wilde's short stories. They're mordant and poignant, Wilde's own brand--and they reawakened my interest in one of the abiding mysteries about Wm. Shakespeare: Who inspired his Sonnets, which he dedicated to 'Mr W H'? Wilde's story...more

I have noticed that different editions have different content. My edition included Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Canterville Ghost, The Model Millionaire, The Sphinx Without a Secret, and The Portrait of Mr. W.H.

By far my favourite of the bunch is The Canterville Ghost. It is a riot of a ghost...more

Caricaturas Sociais

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

There is a sadness that permeates all of the stories of Oscar Wilde which is hard to define...I truly believe that at some point in the future he will be "discovered" by a new generation...making him much more widely read than he is currently. All of the stories in this book are good examples of...more

Fantástico! Com estes quatro contos fiquei ainda mais deslumbrado com o talento de Oscar Wilde em aliar o humor ao perturbador.

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