Oscar Wilde’s short stories for children are magnificent, especially ‘The Happy Prince’, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’, and ‘The Selfish Giant’. Equally, his plays have a sparkling brilliance unmatched, I think, by any other British playwright. What could be wittier than ‘The Importance of being Earnest’? And his one novel, A Picture of Dorian Gray, is… Read More Oscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. A Review.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books, Penguin has released 80 Little Black Classics, each priced at 80p. They are mostly less well-known pieces by famous figures. Besides the serious danger of Penguin bankrupting me (I am trying, oh so hard, not to buy too many!), it is a brilliant idea. They are short,… Read More Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: My Dearest Father. A Review.