This week, you can get an absolute literary classic from renowned publisher Penguin for just £1 on Amazon!
‘It would be unfair to expect other people to be as remarkable as oneself’
Wilde’s celebrated witticisms on the dangers of sincerity, duplicitous biographers, the stupidity of the English – and his own genius.
One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.
Oscar Fingall O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.
His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.
“Fabulous- as only Oscar Wilde can be. A collection of his wry witticisms (often proclaiming his own evident genius!) in one neat little black book! This is fantastic, wonderful to dip into or read in one sitting – one thing’s for sure, you will revert back to this frequently! Delighted to find these precious Penguin Little Black Classics in kindle format too – I have several in paperback format, but ‘Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast’ deserves an open page on my kindle on a permanent basis. This will make you smile 🙂 Highly recommended.”
“I bought this thinking it was going to be a short story of some sorts but it’s more just his Wilde’s best quotes and stances on life all threaded together – a fault on my behalf – but it works well, it’s good to pick up whenever you have a spare second and you can get through it fairly quickly. I will never tire of his style of writing and his attitude. I’d say this is worth the buy!”
Disclaimer: Accurate at time of posting.