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
Number of pages32 pages
GenreClassics, Short Stories, Fiction, Childrens, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Literature, 19th Century, English Literature, Picture Books

Reviews The Happy Prince

  • Petra Eggs
    Totally rewritten and expanded from the original short and succinct review in the light of some personally derogatory comments concerning my even daring to mention Wilde's anti-semitism. Nov. 18th, 2011I'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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The happy prince, Oscar Wilde (1854 ـ 1900)عنوان: شاهزاده خوشبخت؛ نویسنده: اسکار وایلد؛ مترجم: حمید حقیقت جو؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، سازمان کتابهای پرنده آبی، 1344، در 169 ص، اندازه 16 در 11/5 س.م، موضوع: افسانه های پریان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 19 مپنج داستان کوتاه و شش قطعه ادب...
  • Trí Trần
    Không cần nhiều thứ để viết được truyện hay. Nhưng vài người thường phức tạp hóa chuyện viết văn một cách không cần thiết. Đương nhiên, Oscar Wilde nằm ngoài số đó.Đôi nét gợi nhớ những truyện của La Fontaine hay Andersen, cái duyên của những câu truyện trong Hoàng Tử Hạnh Phúc tuy cũng nằm ở sự châm biếm nhưng lại có chút xa cách, cô lập.Và đi...
  • Antonella
    A beautiful story about the cruelness of life
  • Minh Nhân Nguyễn
    5 sao.Cuốn này gồm 5 câu chuyện, trong đó có 2 truyện chỉ ở mức bình thường thôi nhưng mình vẫn đánh giá 5 sao vì những truyện còn lại phải gọi là quá hay, quá xuất sắc.Hơi khác với tập truyện cổ tích trước đó mình đọc của Oscar Wilde là Ngôi nhà thạch lựu, với không khí u tối hướng về đối tượng là người lớn, thì những truyện trong đây rõ...
  • 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...
  • 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?
  • Chuurun Ien
    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...
  • Soroosh Akef
    Oh but so sad the prince of our story was, for only now, after his death, did he realize the sorrow of his people.The Happy Prince is not the most creative story you've read, nor is it one you cannot predict. It's basically your typical children's story—going back and forth again and again with the same thing. However (you could see this "however" coming, couldn't you?) the message Wilde tries to convey is in no way restricted to children. Wild...
  • Mounir
    Very beautiful stories. This collection was first published in 1888, so apparently represent his earliest writings. I liked mostly the first "The Happy Prince" and the last two, "The Devoted Friend" and "The Remarkable Rocket". The remaining two; "The nightingale and the Rose" and "The Selfish Giant" are also beautiful. An element of criticism of social injustice and of human folly is evident in all stories, and Wilde's characteristic sarcasm and...
  • Matthew
    I read the section entitled "The Happy Prince" in a collection I have of Wilde's works, which include the short stories: The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket. I enjoyed these short stories very much and would recommend them to anyone.
  • Marts (Thinker)
    So, was he really a "happy prince", well we could call him the once was happy prince and the gentle sparrow who befriended and regardless of his situation stuck with him till death. I guess if some who sit upon their golden thrones were to view the hardship around them they wont be so "happy" either.
  • Tran
    Những câu chuyện đầy ý nghĩa làm mình nhớ đến Andersen quá thể. Nhiều chuyện quá buồn ý. Lẽ ra là 4 sao, nhưng mình cứ bị lấn bấn với phần minh hoạ, làm ẩu quá. Dồn kéo hình vỡ hết cả ra, mờ mịt. Mình cứ nhờ đến mấy cái clip art trong MSword đời đầu
  • Huongta
    Ta bảo truyện thiếu nhi của nước ngoài rất sâu và sắc mà.
  • Lila Dimaki
    Παραμύθι για μικρούς και μεγάλους!αγαπημένο και μη λησμονημένο!
  • Michael
    The moral of this story maybe about self sacrifice or maybe helping people in need. But what I got from it was 'money can buy happiness'.