Cover of: De profundis | Oscar Wilde

About the Book

This book is a letter sent by Oscar Wilde to Alfred Douglas from the prison.

De Profundis (Latin: "from the depths") is a 50,000 word letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas, his lover. Wilde wrote the letter between January and March 1897; he was not allowed to send it, but took it with him upon release. In it he repudiates Lord Alfred for what Wilde finally sees as his arrogance and vanity; he had not forgotten Douglas's remark, when he was ill, "When you are not on your pedestal you are not interesting." He also felt redemption and fulfillment in his ordeal, realizing that his hardship had filled the soul with the fruit of experience, however bitter it tasted at the time.

Classifications

Library of Congress
PR5818 .D3 1905

The Physical Object

Pagination
ix, 123 p.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7156532M
Internet Archive
deprofundisowild00wildiala
LC Control Number
05006756
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