Présentation de l'éditeur
A level 2 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by John Escott
There has been a ghost in the house for three hundred years, and Lord Canterville's family have had enough of it. So Lord Canterville sells his grand old house to an American family. Mr Hiram B. Otis is happy to buy the house and the ghost - because of course Americans don't believe in ghosts.
The Canterville ghost has great plans to frighten the life out of the Otis family. But Americans don't frighten easily - especially not two noisy little boys - and the poor ghost has a few surprises waiting for him.
Biographie de l'auteur
Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He went to college there and then studied at Oxford, where in 1878 he won a poetry prize. In 1883 he went to the USA and stayed there for a year, travelling around the country and giving talks. In 1884 he got married, and in 1888 he wrote The Happy Prince and Other Tales, a book of stories for his sons. The Canterville Ghost was one of the stories in a book called Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories, published in 1891. Wilde wrote one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), but he is best known for his plays. His first two plays did not do well, but the third, Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), was funny and clever, and people loved it. His greatest play, The Importance of Being Earnest, appeared in 1895, but in the same year he was sent to prison because of his relationship with another man, Lord Alfred Douglas. When he came out in 1897, he went to live in France, where he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem about his time in prison. He died in Paris in 1900. Wilde's plays, fairy-tales, and stories are still very popular today. He was a wonderful storyteller, whether writing or speaking, and in his day he was famous for his clever and amusing conversation. One friend, the poet W B Yeats, called him "the greatest talker of his time", and another friend described how Oscar Wilde took away his bad toothache one day - just by telling him stories and making him laugh.