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: A selection of writings from the pen of one of the wittiest men who ever lived. This compilation showcases his writing talent and features his very best work, ranging from the philosophical novel The Picture of Dorian Gray; the short story collections Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Happy Prince and A House of Pomegranates, the long letter De Profundis, addressed to his former lover, Lord Alfred Douglas; The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a poem written while Wilde was in exile following his release from prison. The collection ends with some of Wilde's critical essays. The mark of a great writer is his relevance to subsequent generations of readers. Oscar Wilde is probably more popular now than he was in his lifetime and this compilation is the perfect introduction to his genius.