The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde || Sandow Birk

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde || Sandow Birk


Nine stories by Oscar Wilde
Introduction by the author’s grandson, Merlin Holland
With nine full page illustrations and ten vignettes by Sandow Birk

Signed by the artist

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Oscar Wilde once explained, “My fairy tales … are an attempt to mirror modern life in a form remote from reality—to deal with modern problems in a mode that is ideal and not imitative.” He went on to add, “They are, of course, slight and fanciful, and written, not for children, but for childlike people from eighteen to eighty!”

Full-page Illustrations & Vignettes

Sandow Birk’s drawings deftly extract messages from the stories and show them in the light of modern-day. They capture both the contradiction and the complexity of the stories, illuminating their timeless themes through imagery that bears a startling and immediate familiarity to today’s reader.

Production Details

  • Standard edition of 225 copies for sale
    The 25-copy deluxe edition is sold out

  • Quarto, 12-1/4 by 8-1/4 inches, 152 pages

  • Bound in green cloth with paper sides, titled and stamped with a butterfly, in slipcase

  • Arion Press publication # 114, 2018


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