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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's...

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THE FISHERMAN AND HIS SOUL: The Fisherman and His Soul' is arguably the most difficult of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales. Its Biblical diction, decadent Orientalist imagery and often-confusing mystical conception of body and soul makes it less accessible than simpler stories like 'The Selfish Giant' and 'The Happy Prince'. In fact, it is less of a 'fairy tale' in the conventional sense than it is a subversion of some of the more common aspects of the genre. There are no anthropomorphized animals, hero's quest, or moral epiphany that are present in Wilde's other fairy tales. Replacing the hero's quest is the journey of a corrupt Soul. The transcendent moment at the end of the story arises out of physical love rather than spiritual transformation. There is little sentimentality in the story, the primary relationship between the Fisherman and his Soul is a contentious, ambivalent one, and the breaking down of the Fisherman into body, embodied soul and transcendent heart is a process that often eludes critical scrutiny. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 -- 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At <b>...</b>
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