De profundis

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Renowned as a wit, poet, dramatist and one of the great conversationalists of his age, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) nevertheless fell victim to the forces of repression and prudery in late Victorian England. As a result of his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde was found guilty of homosexual offenses and jailed for two years. While in prison, he wrote De Profundis , a long and bitter letter of recrimination addressed to Douglas. In it, he accuses Douglas of shallowness, selfishness, greed, gross interference with his [Wilde's] artistic efforts and other faults and wrongdoing. Nevertheless, it is clear from this letter that Wilde deeply loved Douglas and still harbored strong feelings for him, in spite of Douglas' role in Wilde's downfall. While the letter is a touching cri de coeur that offers fascinating insights into Wilde's life in prison and the background and psychology of a notorious affair, its eloquence, passion, and literary excellence raise it above the level of the purely personal. Instead, it becomes a universal statement about love, injustice and the pain of living in the world.
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display_description Oscar Wilde's autobiographical work on suffering, self-realization, and the artistic process De Profundis (Latin for "from the depths") is Oscar Wilde's reconciliation from a life full of pleasure. In 1891 the author began an intimate relationship with the young aristocrat Lord Alfred Douglas, known to his friends as Bosie. This affair led to speculations about Wilde's sexuality just as his career was reaching its apex. Ultimately, Bosie's father, the powerful Marquess of Queensberry, accused Wilde of homosexuality. As this conduct was considered a "gross indecency" punishable by hard labor, this was a serious charge, and one that ultimately landed Wilde in prison. It wasn't until January of 1897 that Wilde began to write from his cell. De Profundis, a scathing indictment of his former lover, is the letter that Wilde wrote to Bosie from prison. In addition to detailing the wrongs visited on Wilde by Bosie and his family, De Profundis traces the spiritual growth that Wilde experiences in prison. Having lost everything he holds dear, Wilde transforms his hardship into art. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
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subject_facet Authors, Irish -- 19th century -- Correspondence, Belief and doubt, Douglas, Alfred Bruce, -- 1870-1945 -- Correspondence, Electronic books, English literature -- 19th century, Imprisonment -- Poetry, Prisoners -- England -- Correspondence, Prisoners -- England -- Reading -- Correspondence, Prisoners -- Poetry, Prisoners' writings, English -- England -- Reading, Prisons -- Poetry, Wilde, Oscar, -- 1854-1900 -- Correspondence, Wilde, Oscar, -- 1854-1900. -- Correspondence
title_display De profundis
title_full De Profundis, De Profundis [electronic resource] Wilde, Oscar,, De Profundis [electronic resource] Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900., De Profundis [electronic resource] Wilde, Oscar., De profundis / Oscar Wilde, De profundis [electronic resource] / Oscar Wilde, De profundis/ Oscar Wilde; preface by Richard Ellmann; notes by Jason Tougaw
title_short De profundis
topic_facet Authors, Irish, Belief and doubt, Biography & Autobiography, Correspondence, Douglas, Alfred Bruce, Electronic books, English literature, Imprisonment, Nonfiction, Prisoners, Prisoners' writings, English, Prisons, Wilde, Oscar