Arguably the most famous and beloved of Oscar Wilde's nine fairy tales, this particular rendition stands apart from the others due to its brilliant illustrations by a master of comic art. After dying young, the Happy Prince's soul inhabits a beautiful ruby-encrusted statue covered in gold leaf which is perched high above the city. But when he sees the poverty, misery and desperateness of his people, he enlists the help of a barn swallow to remove the gilding of his statue and shower the riches on his people. In 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. Perfect for middle school students as an introduction to the world-famous author, the dazzling illustrations in this book suit the timeless writings of Wilde.
‘Russell matches Wilde's literary skills with artistic talent.’
- Publishers Weekly
‘Russell’s depiction is extraordinary, the art’s lyrical splendor and gorgeous colours capturing the story.’
- Library Journal
Oscar Wilde was born in 1856 in Dublin. Raconteur, socialite and aesthete in the end of the 19th century Pre Raphaelite London, he is remembered for his jewellered prose and poetry and such lasting works as The Picture of Dorian Gray, and of course, The Importance of Being Earnest.
He told and retold his fairy tales to friends in private readings, refining them further each time before finally publishing them in two collections between 1888 and 1891 to great acclaim and lasting popularity ever since.