The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems

The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems

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by Oscar Wilde
     
 

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This poem - originally published anonymously, written after Wilde's two year's hard labour in Reading prison - is the tale of a man who has been sentenced to hang for the murder of the woman he loved. The Ballad of Reading Gaol follows the inmate through his final three weeks, as he stares at the sky and silently drinks his beer ration. Heart-wrenching

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This poem - originally published anonymously, written after Wilde's two year's hard labour in Reading prison - is the tale of a man who has been sentenced to hang for the murder of the woman he loved. The Ballad of Reading Gaol follows the inmate through his final three weeks, as he stares at the sky and silently drinks his beer ration. Heart-wrenching and eye-opening, the ballad also expresses perfectly Wilde's belief that humanity is made up only of offenders, each of us deserving a greater charity for the severity of our crimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141958385
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Wit, intellectual, aesthete and raconteur, Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. His writing - including children's stories, poetry, philosophical essays, a novel and several hugely popular plays - made him the greatest celebrity of his day, and he remains one of the world's most frequently-quoted and well-loved writers.

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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This delightful little book contains many of Wilde¿s most famous poems. It is a book to be savored, like an artisan pastry.