Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1854. He died in Paris in 1900. He was one of the most witty and popular writers of the nineteenth century. He wrote many stories and several of them are available as Macmillan graded Readers. What’s your favourite Oscar Wilde story? We’ve listed ours below.

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray

(Elementary)

Basil Hallward has painted a picture of a young man he admires – Dorian Gray. Dorian wishes he would never age like the picture and hides it in the attic. But his wish has tragic consequences for many people.

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The Canterville Ghost and Other StoriesThe Canterville Ghost and Other Stories

(Elementary)

This collection contains three short stories:

The Canterville Ghost
Sir Simon de Canterville is a ghost. He has lived in his house for hundreds of years. His job is to terrify the people who stay there. Then Mr Otis, an American, buys the house. And the ghost is angry – he cannot frighten the Otis family.

The Model Millionaire
Hughie Erskine loves Laura Merton. But Hughie is poor and he cannot marry her. Then one day he meets a beggar and all his wishes come true.

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Mr Podgers can read people’s hand. Mr Podgers reads Lord Arthur Savile’s hand at a party. What will Lord Arthur’s future be?

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The Importance of Being EarnestThe Importance of Being Earnest

(Upper Intermediate)

Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece of love and mistaken identity was a great hit when it first appeared on the stage in 1895 and has remained hugely popular with theatre audiences ever since.

It is a play about two young gentlemen who use false names to live double lives. Their secret identities become a problem, however, when they both fall in love at the same time. As the situation develops, it becomes more and more complicated for these fun-loving men and the people around them.

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Also available as audio download or eBook.

Why not experience The Importance of Being Earnest as an audio serialization on Onestopenglish? These series comes with accompanying listening activities and transcripts.