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  • Published: 25 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141397788
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $2.99

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

Little Black Classics




Wilde's supremely witty tales of dandies, anarchists and a murderous prophecy in London high society.

'He was not blind to the fact that murder, like the religions of the Pagan world, requires a victim as well as a priest...'
Wilde's supremely witty tale of dandies, anarchists and a murderous prophecy in London high society.
Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.

  • Pub date: 25 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141397788
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $2.99

About the Author

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. He then lived in London and married Constance Lloyd in 1884. Wilde was a leader of the Aesthetic Movement. He became famous because of the immense success of his plays such as Lady Windemere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890 but was revised in 1891 after moralistic negative reviews.

After a public scandal involving Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, he was sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol for 'gross indecency'. His poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol was published anonymously in 1898. Wilde never lived in England again and died at the age of forty-six in Paris on 30 November 1900. He is buried in Père Lachaise cemetery where admirers often leave the lipstick marks of kisses on his tomb.

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