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Why we need fairytales: Jeanette Winterson on Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's magical stories for children have often been dismissed as lesser works, but as examples of how important imagination is to us all – young and old alike – they are a delight, writes Jeanette Winterson
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    Why we need fairytales. Oscar Wilde's magical stories for children have often been dismissed as lesser works, but as examples of how important imagination is to us all – young and old alike – they are a delight.

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