The Selfish Giant by Michael Foreman, Oscar Wilde
  

Synopsis

The Selfish Giant by Michael Foreman, Oscar Wilde

When the Selfish Giant builds a high wall round his lovely garden to keep the children out, the North Wind blows, the Frost comes and the Snow dances through the trees. The Giant wonders why Spring never comes to his cold, white garden. Then one day the Giant looks out to see a most wonderful sight . . .Oscar Wilde's much-loved fairy-tale is brought to life again with beautiful illustrations by Michael Foreman and Freire Wright.

Reviews

A veritable feast for the eyes and ears. --Joseph Pearce, author,

The Selfish Giant is a musical, artistic and literary tour de force. Dan Goeller has created a stunning work that summons just the right musical tension and release with his compelling orchestrations. I can't think of any age group who would not be thoroughly enthralled with the confluence of these three artistic expressions in the telling of this story. --Greg Nelson, seven-time Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer

I really enjoyed my first reading of The Selfish Giant . My enjoyment increased hugely upon listening to Dan Goeller's imaginative and beautifully orchestrated musical setting. As with all great musical settings of words and images, Mr. Goeller's music gives wings to the story. --Keith Lockhart, conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra

A window into both this wonderful story and the world of the orchestra. --Delta David Gier, former conductor and host, NY Philharmonic Young People's Concert Series

About the Author

Michael Foreman is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He went to Trinity College, Dublin and then to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he began to propagandize the new Aesthetic (or 'Art for Art's Sake') Movement. Despite winning a first and the Newdigate Prize for Poetry, Wilde failed to obtain an Oxford scholarship, and was forced to earn a living by lecturing and writing for periodicals. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884, he tried to establish himself as a writer, but with little initial success. However, his three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince (1888), Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891) and A House of Pomegranates (1891), together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), gradually won him a reputation as a modern writer with an original talent, a reputation confirmed and enhanced by the phenomenal success of his Society Comedies - Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, all performed on the West End stage between 1892 and 1895. Success, however, was short-lived. In 1891 Wilde had met and fallen extravagantly in love with Lord Alfred Douglas. In 1895, when his success as a dramatist was at its height, Wilde brought an unsuccessful libel action against Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde lost the case and two trials later was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for acts of gross indecency. As a result of this experience he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. He was released from prison in 1897 and went into an immediate self-imposed exile on the Continent. He died in Paris in ignominy in 1900.

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Book Info

Format

Spiral bound
32 pages

Author

Michael Foreman, Oscar Wilde
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Publisher

Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

5th January 1982

ISBN

9780140503838


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