Sunday, 11 January 2009

The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde

"The Canterville Ghost" is a popular short story by Oscar Wilde, widely adapted for the screen and stage. It was the first of Wilde's stories to be published, appearing serially in the magazine Court and Society Review in 1887. It was later included in a collection of short stories entitled Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories in 1891.

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest. As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of "gross indecency" with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain. (Source:
If you are not sure whether your English is good enough to start reading an English novel, try this excerpt to find out. It is a simplified version for easy reading with exercises to practise your comprehension skills.
Click on this link to start reading the story, it is divided into 7 chapters and each of them contains exercises and questions on it. Source: English Grammar Online … the fun way to learn English.

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