De Profundis: The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Writings

De Profundis: The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Writings


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De Profundis: The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Writings 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: 9781840224016
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Publication date: 12/01/1999
Series: Classics Library
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.67(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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