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The Ballad of Reading Gaol 73 editions

Cover of: The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde
About the Book

The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile either in Berneval or in Dieppe, France, after his release from Reading Gaol on or about 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading, after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison.

During his imprisonment, on Saturday 7 July 1896, a hanging took place. Charles Thomas Wooldridge (ca. 1866 – 7 July 1896) had been a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards. He was convicted of cutting the throat of his wife, Laura Ellen, earlier that year at Clewer, near Windsor. He was only aged 30 when executed. This had a profound effect on Wilde, inspiring the line "Yet each man kills the thing he loves."

The finished poem was published by Leonard Smithers in 1898 under the name C.3.3., which stood for cell block C, landing 3, cell 3. This ensured that Wilde's name – by then notorious – did not appear on the poem's front cover. It was not commonly known, until the 7th printing in June 1899, that C.3.3. was actually Wilde.

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73 editions First published in 1898

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May 21, 1898, Leonard Smithers
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Sixth Edition
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February 13, 1898, Leonard Smithers
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - First Edition
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March 4, 1898, Leonard Smithers
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Fourth Edition
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March 17, 1898, Leonard Smithers
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Fifth Edition
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March 4, 1898, Leonard Smithers
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Third Edition
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February 24, 1898, Leonard Smithers
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Second Edition
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April 8, 1899, Benj. R. Tucker, Publisher
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Unauthorized Second American Edition
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1899, Leonard Smithers
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Pirated Edition
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June 23, 1899, Leonard Smithers and Co
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Seventh Edition
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1899, Leonard Smithers
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - Later Pirated Edition
Cover of: A gezang fun tefisah
1900, Kunst un Leben
A gezang fun tefisah
in Yiddish
Cover of: Die Ballade vom Zuchthaus zu Reading
1900, Insel-Verlag
Die Ballade vom Zuchthaus zu Reading
in German
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1900, The Musson Book Co. Limited
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English
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1900, David McKay Company, Inc.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Softcover in English
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1900, Thomas Y. Crowell & Company
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English
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July 1903, E. J. Clode
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1904, Thomas B. Mosher
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - First Edition
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1904, Alfred Bartlett
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Softcover in English
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1905, Brentano's
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1905, The Roycrofters
The Ballad of Reading gaol
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Die Ballade vom Zuchthause zu Reading
1905, Insel Verlag
Die Ballade vom Zuchthause zu Reading
Paperback in German - Third Newly Revised Edition; Dritte Neu Durchgesehene Auflage
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1906, John W. Luce and Company
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
Cover of: Oskar Wildes Ballade vom Zuchthause zu Reading
1906, Max Hesses Verlag
Oskar Wildes Ballade vom Zuchthause zu Reading
in German
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1906, Brentano's
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English - First Thus Edition
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1907, G. P. Putnam's Sons (The Knickerbocker Press)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Limp Leather in English
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1907, F. M. Buckles & Company
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English
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1907, T. B. Mosher
The ballad of Reading gaol
in English
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1907, Thomas B. Mosher
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English - Third Edition
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1907, F. M. Buckles & Company
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Die Ballade vom Zuchthause zu Reading
1907, Insel Verlag
Die Ballade vom Zuchthause zu Reading
Paperback in German - Fourth Edition; Vierte Auflage
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1908, R.A. Martin
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1909, Brentano's
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1910, Duffield
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1910, Duffield & Co.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1911, Brentano's
The ballad of Reading gaol
in English
Cover of: Die Ballade vom Zuchthause zu Reading
1912, Insel
Die Ballade vom Zuchthause zu Reading
in German - 5. Aufl.
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1916, Joseph Ishill
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
Cover of: Ballade de la geôle de Reading
1918, L'imprimeur L. Pichon
Ballade de la geôle de Reading
in French
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1918, Little Leather Library Corporation
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
Cover of: Ballade des Zuchthauses zu Reading
1920, A. Juncker
Ballade des Zuchthauses zu Reading
in German
Cover of: Die Ballade von Reading Gaol
1920, Hyperionverlag
Die Ballade von Reading Gaol
in German
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1925, Methuen & Co. Ltd.
The ballad of Reading gaol
Cover of: Di balade fun Reding-ṭurme
1925, Farlag "Di Feder"
Di balade fun Reding-ṭurme
in Yiddish
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1928, Macy-Masius: The Vanguard Press
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - First Thus Edition
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1928, E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.
The Ballad of Reading gaol
Hardcover in English - First Edition
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1937, Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club at the Harbor Press
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English
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1942, The Richards Press
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
Cover of: De tuchthuis ballade
1944, E.R. Verkade
De tuchthuis ballade
in Dutch
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1944, The Unicorn Press
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English - First Thus Edition
Cover of: Ballade de la geôle de Reading
1944, P. Mangart
Ballade de la geôle de Reading
in French
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1948, Castle Press
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1948, Castle Press
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1950, The Peter Pauper Press
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Baliada pro redings'ky tiurmu
1958, Vyd. "Ukrain'ski visti"
Baliada pro redings'ky tiurmu
in Ukrainian
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1962, A. Krol
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1963, E. Rathenau
The ballad of Reading gaol.
in English
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1964, John Baker
The ballad of Reading Gaol.
in English
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1971, J. Baker
The ballad of Reading Gaol.
in English
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1978, Journeyman Press
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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March 1981, Independent Publishers Group
Ballad of Reading Gaol
Paperback
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1991, Intemperate Stage
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1994, The Old Stile Press
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1995, Woodstock Books
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1997, Duckworth
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1998, Trafalgar Square Pub.
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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1999, Primrose Hill Press
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English
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June 30, 2004, Kessinger Publishing
The Ballad Of Reading Gaol
Paperback in English
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2004, Two Rivers Press
The ballad of Reading Gaol
in English - 2nd ed.
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April 30, 2004, BookSurge Classics
The Ballad of Reading gaol
Paperback in English
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November 30, 2005, Dodo Press
Ballad of Reading Gaol
Paperback in English
Cover of: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Large Print)
October 9, 2006, Echo Library
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Large Print)
Paperback in English - Lrg edition
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May 14, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Ballad of Reading Gaol (Large Print Edition)
Paperback in English - Lrg edition
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May 14, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Ballad of Reading Gaol
Paperback in English

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February 12, 2017 Edited by Darby Added new cover
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