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De Profundis (Dover Thrift Editions)

Oscar Wilde

ISBN 10: 0486293084 / 0-486-29308-4
ISBN 13: 9780486293080
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 2011
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
While jailed for homosexual offenses, Wilde wrote this long, bitter letter of recrimination to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. It offers fascinating insights into Wilde's life in prison and the background and psychology of a notorious affair, but its eloquence, passion and literary excellence make it a universal statement about love, injustice and suffering.

Review:
Written from Wilde's prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas's behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde's own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation. At once a bracingly honest account of ruinous attachment and a profound meditation on human suffering, De Profundis is a classic of gay literature. Richard Ellmann calls De Profundis "a love letter...One of the greatest, and the longest, ever written."


This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains newly commissioned notes.

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Review:
"Displays the insight, honesty, and unself-conscious style of a great writer."
--W. H. Auden

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