Apr 15, 2008
Best known for his novels, such as The Picture of Dorian Gray; his plays, such as "The Importance of Being Earnest," "An Ideal Husband," and "Salome"; his poetry, such as "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"; and his 50,000-word letter, called "De Profundis," Oscar Wilde is not widely acclaimed for his children's stories. Sweet, didactic, and full of imagery, his children's stories were compiled in The Happy Prince and Other Talesand published in 1888. He created them as bedtime stories for his two sons, and though they do not reflect the wit and acumen of the brilliant writer, they do reflect his desire to teach the value of having a selfless heart. "The Happy Prince" is a lovely little story about selfless prince and a selfless bird: a little swallow who sacrifices himself to save others.