De Profundis

De Profundis

by Oscar Wilde
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De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde wrote "I don't defend my conduct, I explain it," when he was imprisoned in Reading Gaol in 1895 for his violation of England's stringent laws against homosexuality. Wilde's nototious liaison with the Marquess of Queensberry's son, Lord Alfred Douglas ("Bosie"), had so inflamed the Marquess that he made public attacks on Wilde's character and morals. In return, Wilde sued for slader, an action which, to Wilde's bitter astonishment, led to a series of scandalous trials and convictions. From his cell in prison, Oscar Wilde wrote De Profundis, the detailed and unsparing revelation of his love and tragedy.

With a major feature film biography scheduled for release and the current tremendous success of the long-running play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, the text of this remarkable document with the Hart-Davis notes is uniquely relevant. This volume alone provides the entire content of De Profundis; W.H. Auden's famous essay in The New Yorker further sets the stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461053521
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/27/2011
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.07(d)

About the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish novelist, poet, and playwright. His best-known works include The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Date of Birth:

October 16, 1854

Date of Death:

November 30, 1900

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Paris, France


The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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De Profundis 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oscar Wilde was one of the greatest playrights of past centuries.His insight into society, namely English society, always embodied a witty genius and yet also represented it most fully. Despite the fact that his name was 'dragged through the mire' it has risen up to be admired and respected amongst modern day playrights, it is also a source of pride for English society. De Profundis, in my own feeble opinion, represents the acculmination of Wilde's philosophy. Also, it has a beautiful usage of the English language. The unorthodox love-letter is a refreshing, realistic, and in some ways almost Kant-like take on Love. This book is the most beautiful in gay literature and is also the most striking letter writter by this great figure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the most clever, pathetic, ordinary, extraordinary, dishonest, revealing letter to an ex that's ever been written for publication. Penned by one of the most brilliant scholars and wordsmiths ever to live, it is nevertheless a letter intended chiefly to reveal to the world the recipient's consistently horrible and most selfish deeds and omissions. Written one page per day over the course of Wilde's last few months in prison, de Profundis ends with a proposal that the lovers meet once again after Wilde's release. That so great a man as Wilde couldn't shake free the hold of a man whose passing would not have diminished the course of human events in any conceivable way is depressing in the extreme. That Wilde, whose piercing vision and understanding of human behavior was flawless, yet forgiving, had so little interior insight makes one despair of ever executing honest human relationships.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I regard this as the most beatifull love letter ever. Wilde writes to his friend Bosie from prison his deepest feelings and emotions about the events and circumstances that lead to his imprisonnement. This book should be compusory in every English class wordwide. Wilde's abillity to love and forgive is heart warming and admirable.