Selbstverständlich habe ich an Oscar Wildes Werken nichts auszusetzen, der Aufbau des Buches könnte jedoch besser sein. Ich hätte mir zumindest eine Angabe der Jahreszahlen gewünscht, wenn nicht eine chronologische Anordnung der Texte. Daher nur 3 Sterne.
I find it difficult to believe that more than 100 years after Wilde's death, and long after he has been recognized as one of THE most acclaimed writers of GB & Ireland, no one has managed to compile a useful, critical and really complete edition of his works. This edition is extensive, but it is not complete. Where is Wilde's lecture on The English Renaissance of Art, delivered during his tour of America in 1882? The appendix says it was included in Ross's Collected Works edition of 1908, so why couldn't they publish it in this edition, too? What about the poem To L.L., which apparently was also included in the Collected Works? What about the preface to Rennell Rodd's Rose Leaf and Apple Leaf, called L'Envoi? These have all been previously published, but they are missing in this edition. You'll need a copy of the Miscellanies in addition to this if you want to read them. So, apart from that they've called it a Centenary Edition and added some introductions, I do not see what is in this book that distinguishes it from other, previous editions of Wilde's works. However, if you want to study Wilde and his works privately, or only superficially, this will probably give you a pretty good overview of what he did. Besides, you probably won't get a better one unless you're willing to pay a fortune. So 4 points anyway. P.S.: Still waiting for a CRITICAL edition, though!!!
I gave this book 5 stars because the content of the book is superb - it is Oscar Wilde we're talking about here, after all. But I would like to comment on the actual publication itself. I can't believe that this is the best that Collins could come up with for a centenary edition. The paper is far too thin and the size of the book is also too small. The old Collins Complete Works edited by Vyvyan Holland was a much more attractive volume.
This book was absolutly wonderful to read! peices from his works, his life, and the world. it was probably one of the best books I have read. I am a big fan of oscar wilde and this is,in my opinion, one of the best collections of his works all put together in a very nice and organised way.. making it easy to read and absolutely enjoyable.