One of Wilde's biggest fans, Stephen Fry, has selected his favorite stories and supplied short introductions to each, explaining why they mean so much to him and why they should mean a lot to all readers, young and old. Meet the selfish giant, whose garden was cloaked in perpetual winter until he allowed the children to enter and play; the happy prince whose statue stood overlooking his city, who gave the rubies and sapphires embedded in his eyes and clothing to feed the poor; and the tiny swallow who helped him. And let's not forget the remarkable rocket who was so convinced that he would be the brightest, most remarkable rocket of all, yet who ended up in a ditch. There's also the Canterville ghost, so inept at being scary that every attempt to spook his American visitors results in failure. Illustrated by Nicole Stewart, stunning artwork accompanies each story to give shape to the reader's imagination.
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October 14, 2009
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