De Profundis and Other Prison Writings by Oscar WildeDe Profundis and Other Prison Writings is a new selection of Oscar Wildes prison letters and poetry in Penguin Classics, edited and introduced by Colm Tóibín.
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 Wildes 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 Wildes grandson Merlin Holland. Colm Tóibíns introduction explores Wildes 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 Saviles 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 Windermeres Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Colm Tóibín 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.
DE PROFUNDIS di Oscar Wilde
After writing in different forms throughout the s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray , and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for "gross indecency", imprisonment, and early death at age
De Profundis and Other Prison Writings
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Non posso concepire nessun'altra spiegazione. Il piacere per un bel corpo, ma il dolore per una bella anima. - I am inclined to say that it is the only real mode of individualism that the world has known.
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And while to the claims of charity a man may yield and yet be free, to the claims of conformity no man may yield and remain free at all. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable. That is the only proper basis for family life. Mothers are different. Mothers are darlings. Any attempt to extend the subject matter of art is extremely distasteful to the public; and yet the vitality and progress of art depend in a large measure on the continual extension of subject-matter. The public dislike novelty because they are afraid of it.