Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Wilde, Oscar "The Nightingale and the Rose

Wilde, Oscar "The Nightingale and the Rose. Short Stories" - 1891

I'm not a big fan of short stories. I'm also not a big fan of reading plays. But - I am a big fan of Oscar Wilde, so I couldn't resist reading this.

"She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses," cried the young Student; "but in all my garden there is no red rose."

That's how this little story begins. A Nightingale hears this and helps the student to find the rose. The story does not end how we might like but short stories seldom do. They have a message they want to send in just a few pages. And Oscar Wilde, being the perfect writer he was, manages this perfectly.

I read this in a collection of short stories by Oscar Wilde and the other ones were also quite good.

Other works by Oscar Wilde here.


  1. Oscar Wilde writes with astonishing beauty, never better than in his fairytales (heartbreaking as they are)

  2. I am a huge Oscar Wilde fan, I have enjoyed everything I read by him so far. If you are interested, I read a really good book about his wife (and him) last year, “Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde” by Franny Moyle.