The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems

The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems

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by Oscar Wilde, Stanley Applebaum
     
 

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Born in Dublin in 1854, Oscar Wilde dazzled the salons of his day with supremely witty conversation and his ardent championship of a philosophy of aestheticism. As a writer, he produced The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the finest comedies in English, and other classic plays. His one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is still widely read, as

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Born in Dublin in 1854, Oscar Wilde dazzled the salons of his day with supremely witty conversation and his ardent championship of a philosophy of aestheticism. As a writer, he produced The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the finest comedies in English, and other classic plays. His one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is still widely read, as is "The Ballad of Reading Gaol," a powerful poetic indictment of the degradation and inhumanity of prison life.
This carefully edited volume focuses on Wilde's poetic legacy. In addition to the title poem, readers will find twenty-three other important works: "The Sphinx," "The Grave of Keats," "Requiescat," "Impression du Matin," "Panthea," "Silentium Amoris," "The Harlot's House," "To L. L." and others. While Wilde's fame rests mainly on his achievements as a dramatist and critic, these poems offer important clues to the themes and subjects that preoccupied him in his other works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486270722
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
02/29/2012
Series:
Thrift Edition Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
884,167
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) remains best known for his comedies of the 1890s, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and for his tragic imprisonment and untimely death.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 16, 1854
Date of Death:
November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This delightful little book contains many of Wilde¿s most famous poems. It is a book to be savored, like an artisan pastry.