THE HAPPY PRINCE

Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince is one of the most famous and beloved of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales.

After dying young, the city builds a tribute to their beloved Happy Prince in the form ruby-encrusted statue covered in gold leaf . The Happy Prince’s soul inhabits this beautiful statue and from his perch high above the city he can view the whole city. But what he sees for the first time is the poverty, misery and desperateness of his people, and so he enlists the help of a barn swallow to remove the gilding of his statue and shower the riches on his people.

This continues throughout the winter and by the spring, the townspeople are saved, but find only a stripped down and dull statue alongside a dead swallow. The remains are tossed into an ash heap, but an emissary of God recognises their sacrifice, and escorts them into the gardens of Heaven.

Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

ISBN 9781911475255 – Paperback – 105 mm x 140 mm – 64 pages
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