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De Profundis and Other Prison Writings (Paperback)

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    De Profundis and Other Prison Writings is a new selection of Oscar Wilde's prison letters and poetry in Penguin Classics, edited and introduced by Colm Toibin. At the start of 1895, Oscar Wilde was the toast of London, widely feted for his most recent ......more

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De Profundis and Other Prison Writings is a new selection of Oscar Wilde's prison letters and poetry in Penguin Classics, edited and introduced by Colm Toibin. At the start of 1895, Oscar Wilde was the toast of London, widely feted for his most recent stage success, An Ideal Husband. But by May of the same year, Wilde was in Reading prison sentenced to hard labour. 'De Profundis' is an epistolic account of Oscar Wilde's spiritual journey while in prison, and describes his new, shocking conviction that 'the supreme vice is shallowness'. This edition also includes further letters to his wife, his friends, the Home Secretary, newspaper editors and his lover Lord Alfred Douglas - Bosie - himself, as well as 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol', the heart-rending poem about a man sentenced to hang for the murder of the woman he loved. This Penguin edition is based on the definitive Complete Letters, edited by Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland. Colm Toibin's introduction explores Wilde's duality in love, politics and literature. This edition also includes notes on the text and suggested further reading. Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin. His three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and A House of Pomegranates, together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, won him a reputation as a writer with an original talent, a reputation enhanced by the phenomenal success of his society comedies - Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Colm Toibin is the author of five novels, including The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, and a collection of stories, Mothers and Sons. His essay collection Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar appeared in 2002. He is the editor of The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction.

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was the author of the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and several well-loved plays, including An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Colm Toibin is the author of The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other books. He lives in Dublin.

Author:
Wilde, Oscar
Series Title:
Penguin Classics
Genre:
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
266
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Publish Date:
04/30/2013
Copyright Year:
2013
ISBN:
9780140439908
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.5 lb
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