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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

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This edition was published in by Leonard Smithers in Royal Arcade, London W.

Written in English

31 pages

Of this edition eight hundred copies have been printed on hand-made paper, and thirty copies on Japanese vellum.

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

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

First published in 1898



Work Description

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.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol

First Edition

This edition was published in by Leonard Smithers in Royal Arcade, London W.


Edition Description

Of this edition eight hundred copies have been printed on hand-made paper, and thirty copies on Japanese vellum.

Edition Notes

Leaves printed on rectos only.

Copyright Date
January 1898

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
821.8, 821.89, 821.914
Library of Congress
PR5818 .B2 1898
lccn_permalink
http://lccn.loc.gov/44046936

Contributors

From the Library of
Edward Hellman Heller and Elinor Raas Heller
Dedicated to
Charles Thomas Wooldridge
Owner
The Bancroft Library

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22891140M
Internet Archive
readinggballadof00wildrich
LC Control Number
44046936
OCLC/WorldCat
464592503, 8632150
Amazon UK
B000WS60MM, B00164ORWQ, B000WS2B8O, B0017WXZCA
Canadian National Library Archive
6243755, 15278341
Amazon.com
B000WS60MM
Cornell University ecommons
1438750
British Library
000561786, 014757774
Harvard University Library
003578809

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