A superb copy of the charming work which established Wilde's reputation as an author.
The stories in The Happy Prince owe their origin to Irish oral narrative, as is affirmed by Wilde reciting the tales to his sons, "weeping for 'The Selfish Giant' when the child befriended by the giant becomes the crucified Christ who takes his protector to paradise. Their permanent place in child affections refutes the vulgarism that Wilde's literary reputation arose from his legal notoriety. In all cases they are on the child's side, celebrating the courage and generosity of the poor and vulnerable, while their satire mocks the kind of pomposity and hypocrisy children can recognize" (Owen Dudley Edwards, Oxford DNB).
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