The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince

More than a hundred years ago, Oscar Wilde created this moving story for his children. Now shimmering illustrations, as bejeweled and golden as the Prince himself, give glowing life to the many dimensions of his tale. His story of friendship, love, and a willingness to part with one's own riches may be more important today than ever before. Full color.

Details The Happy Prince

TitleThe Happy Prince
Release DateJan 1st, 1995
PublisherDutton Books
GenreClassics, Short Stories, Fiction, Fantasy, Childrens

Reviews The Happy Prince

  • Petra X
    I've always liked Oscar Wilde's prose, if not his drama, but I thought this was an exercise in hypocrisy, or perhaps it was just Oscar Wilde, locked out of the gates of the wealthy aristocracy, just venting his spleen on them. You would think a man who lost everything because of the prejudice against his homosexuality might just not drop casual anti-semitism into what purports to be a children's story, wouldn't you? But perhaps he was so angry an...
  • Ahmed Ejaz
    There is no Mystery so great as Misery Stories like this are the reason I still love Classic short stories. I loved the concept. But again, this story has a bitter-sweet ending. Like it's the rule of classic literature to not give happy endings. I understand, I really do, that they just show reality. But don't know why they just make me over-sad. The living always think that gold can make them happy. OVERVIEW There is a statue of a prince cal...
  • Sarah
    “Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be purchased of the merchants, for can it be weighed out in the balance for gold.”
  • Carlos De Eguiluz
    El precioso espejo de lo que representa la amistad, el altruismo y la verdadera felicidad.La prosa de Wilde, es, sin duda alguna, una bocanada de aire fresco."My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness. So I lived, and so I died. And now that I am dead they have set me up here so high that I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city, and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot chose...
  • Lorraine
    This book is about the friendship between a swallow and a statue of a Happy Prince. The Happy Prince truly was just that- happy- in life because he lead a sheltered existence. "My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness." This distinction foreshadows the story's intent to outline for us a deeper meaning in happiness. In life, the Prince was shielded from all misery. He passed, and was immortalized in...
  • Duane
    Metaphors abound in this Oscar Wilde fairytale. A swallow delays his migration to help the statue of the Happy Prince correct some wrongs that were overlooked when he was alive.
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    There is a sadness that permeates all of Oscar Wilde's work...but it is a sadness that helps us find joy with who we are. This story is one of my favorites; a beautiful tale for children.
  • AleJandra
    5 No estoy llorando, solo es una basurita en mi ojo ESTRELLAS No logre encontrar aquí en goodreads la edición de este cuento que leí. Lo cual es una pena porque tiene una portada hermosa. Pero bueno, no hay nada que les pueda decir de este cuento que no hayan escuchada ya. Lindo lindo. Golondrina, Golondrinita
  • Khush
    I read this short story after a long time. The story is as beautiful as I found it on my first reading. However, this time I noticed something important that I missed before– the theme of 'same-sex love' – quite a fete in England of the times, even if it is subtly dealt with. This story has been written before Wilde's other significant and longer works such as 'The Picture of Dorian Grey', his brilliant plays and 'De Profundis.' Clearly, he i...
  • Laysee
    The Happy Prince led a privileged and sheltered life and knew only pleasure. In the city, his image as the Happy Prince was immortalized in the form of a bejeweled statue covered in fine gold leaves, set aloft on a tall column. But a transformation came over the Happy Prince when his new vantage point opened his sapphire eyes and leaden heart to the suffering of the poor in the city. The Happy Prince began to weep. Oscar Wilde wove an uplifting s...
  • Sarah Brownlee
    The most beautiful story I have ever read in my life. I cried reading it as a child and I still cry reading it as an adult. The Happy Prince, a short 'children's' story, tells the life of a prince who was made into a golden statue after he died. In life, he lived a sheltered happy/ignorant life, but in death he saw all the suffering throughout the city. The relationship between the prince and the sparrow is incredible - furthermore, the shallow g...
  • Sketchbook
    Written for children, between 1882-1891, these beautifulstories of delicate charm are for literate adults who alonecan perceive the irony and awareness of life's cruelties. A poetic wistfulness also mingles with the artless musicalimagery. One critic says they remind him of Fragonard and Rossetti. Another is impressed by the simplicity of Biblical language.Reviewing the fables a rather hysterical GR slams OW foranti-semitism because of a perfunct...
  • Nayereh Ahmadian
    "He was happy , if pleasure was happiness ." داستان زیبا و غم انگیزی بود و سرشار از محتوا...دوستش داشتم.
  • [Name Redacted]
    Having now re-read this, I still feel as though I cannot be sure if I read it once before. It's possible! But it's also possible that I only heard it read! Odd.In any event, it is a lovely, simple fairy-tale about sacrifice, selflessness and the responsibility of rulers to care for their subjects -- but also about the ways in which good deeds can go unappreciated, and about the blindness which charitable people can exhibit in their desperate ques...
  • Amelia Oswald
    I have read this story when I was at middle school but I had like zero feeling for the book. Now I get to reread it and wow I cry. The sacrifice for love, for friendship is really admired. Five stars from me !!
  • olivia
    "I am going to the House of Death. Death is the brother of Sleep, is he not?"
  • Radwa
    احب اشكر الصدفة السعيدة التي اوقعت هذه القصص القصيرة في يدييمتلك وايلد القدرة على تخليص الحقيقية من أي زيف ثم وضعها أمامك لتراها بمنتهى الوضوحهو لا يبالي بمشاعر قارئه، لكنه يبالي حقا بأن يعلم القارئ الحقيقة دون تجمييل أو تزييف
  • Antonella
    A beautiful story about the cruelness of life
  • Krisha
    (view spoiler)[It's about the extraordinary friendship of a Swallow (a bird) and a statue named Happy Prince. Happy Prince came from a place where there is nothing except happiness/comfort, a place where sorrow is not allowed to enter. He never experienced misery all his life. Because of his happily lived life, people immortalized him when he died. Since then, people in the town admired him not only for living his life without anything but happin...
  • Effie
    B.R.A.CE. 2018 Ένα βιβλίο που σε έκανε να κλάψεις
  • tyranus
    Oscar Wilde'ın en sevdiğim masalı. Çocukken okumuştum, yıllar sonra tekrar okuduğumda da aynı tadı aldım. Küçük çocuklar için harikulade bir seçim olur. İyi okumalar...
  • Melissa Veras
    ¿Cómo en trece páginas este hombre logró escribir un cuento de cinco estrellas?
  • Книжни Криле
    „Високо над града, върху стройна колона се издигаше статуята на Щастливия принц. Той целият беше покрит с тънки листа от чисто злато, за очи имаше два ярки сапфира и голям червен рубин блестеше върху дръжката на неговия меч. Всички много му се въз...
  • S.Baqer Al-Meshqab
    For Stephen Fry :D
  • Churin
    As a child, I was a very annoying one. My mom told me that when she read this to me I keep complaining, "Why does a statue talk?""I think they don't build statues with hearts!""Well, that wasn't nice. Why don't he let the swallow go? It will die! Or maybe he is stupid?""It's weird. Why the town councils don't think of thieves?"Yep, I was that kind of kid.I don't remember this story at all so I decided to re-read (re-listen? Hahaha) this. While so...
  • Alexander
    This story follows the friendship between the Happy Prince and a Swallow. The Happy Prince as a boy lived in complete luxury and happiness, unaware of the suffering outside his palace walls. The swallow by chance meets the prince after deciding not to migrate yet, because of his love of a reed. Upon meeting the bird the Prince tells the Swallow his story and of his sorrow for the suffering he now sees in his city. The Prince asks the Swallow to h...
  • Linda
    Whatever I read by Oscar Wilde I really like, and it always gives me a bittersweet feeling. The pattern in Wilde's literature is so beautiful. This one is no different. Similar to "The nightingale and the rose" this one is about great sacrifices for people in need, sacrifices that go unnoticed by the shallow and rich people - which could really make a big difference.My review
  • Dylan
    Absolutely loved this story.It truly moved me. It's the story of a swallow that one day, while migrating to Egypt, lands on the shoulder of a golden statue. The statue cries on the bird and tells him of the poor people in the city he watches over, and pleads that he help him alleviate there suffering.This moved me and brought me to tears by the end of it. It's a thoughtful bittersweet story about helping others in need and caring for one another.
  • Daren
    Taken from a short story publication, republished as a Penguin 60, containing four short stories from Oscar Wilde.Written for children, with a few subtleties that only adults will take on board, these are readable and lightly entertaining, albeit very moralistic.Spoilers abound beyond this point.(view spoiler)[The first and title story is a tale about a prince who is made into a golden statue when he dies. His life had been happy, but was based o...
  • Alan
    "My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness. So I lived, and so I died."A darker story than I would have initially thought. Wilde really attacks social mores throughout this short story. The hypocrisy of the rich, the crudity of self worship as well as a comment on the poverty stricken working class provides the backbone for this story that ostensibly is one of sacrifice. The ending with God speaking...