De Profundis

De Profundis

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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.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Portrays the lives of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas through a letter written by Wilde, professing his love for Douglas and his disappointment of his own deteriorating life in prison.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2000
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780679783213
0679783210
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Wil
Characteristics: xiv, 136 p. ; 21 cm

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Jul 31, 2019

This is excerpted. Bluntly: This is the brutally abridged version, from fear of the Queensbury family reprisals.
Compared to true letter that Oscar Wilde wrote, this one is a travesty.

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