The Orient Blackswan Easy Readers introduce the child to the enchanting world of reading, which encourage him/her to read with little or no external help. These well-illustrated books are carefully graded into seven levels. The series begins at Level 1 and is meant for beginners in the age group of 5 years. The other levels are: Level 2: 6–8 years, Level 3: 7–9 years, Level 4: 9–11 years, Level 5: 10–12 years, Level 6: 11–14 years and Level 7: 15 years and above. This careful grading, based on age-appropriate vocabulary and structure enables the reader to progress through the successive levels. The current titles mainly include the classics and also have those that suit modern tastes and interests.
Oscar Wilde was born on 16 October, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland. His mother was a journalist, and his father also a gifted writer. Oscar was thus exposed to and appreciative of art from a young age. He attended Trinity College in Dublin and Magdalen College at Oxford from which he graduated with honours in 1878.
Wilde wrote and published nearly all of his major work in the 1890’s. His greatest successes were his social comedies or plays. His most successful were Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).
He died suddenly of acute meningitis on 20 November, 1900