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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; 2000 Modern Library Pbk. Ed edition (1 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679783210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679783213
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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RIVETING TO LISTEN TO… Redgrave gets clear away from the ordinary conventions of reading aloud: we appear to be in Wilde's head as he composes his letter to Douglas. For this monologue intérieur, sometimes quizzical, sometimes forthright, sometimes self-aborbed, Redgrave adopts an Irish accent of considerable mellifluousness. Holland's introduction is straightforward and level-headed. Together the two have produced a moving and memorable recording… a notable addition to any Wilde collection. --Oscholar --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Known for his barbed wit, Oscar Wilde was one of the most successful late-Victorian playwrights and a great celebrity. The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray are among his best known works. He is perhaps most famous for his trial, in which he eloquently defended homosexual love and was sentenced to two years of hard labor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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MY DEAR ROBBIE,-I want you to have a letter written at once to Mr. - the solicitor, stating that as my wife has promised to settle a third on me, in the case of her predeceasing me, I do not wish any opposition to be made to her purchasing my life interest. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Sykes on 9 May 2012
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Oscar Wilde, imprisoned for homosexuality, writes a public letter to his partner, in what then was a crime. There is no bitterness in this book, I expected an attack on Bosie, the marquis of Queensberry's son, Wilde's lover, for not pulling strings to save him from prison in Reading Gaol but it is a highly philosophical work showing how he comes to terms with confinement and how this is a positive influence on his life. Personally, I don't want to go to prison to encounter the same experience but as a book / letter to make you think this is well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mike Hackett on 30 Aug. 2013
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Its Wilde's wit and his emotional range which make him a remarkable Irish author and De Profundis is a classic work of Wilde. Written while he was in jail for 'gross indecency' to his lover, we see Wilde's soul emerge on the pages of this work. Honest, open and touching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kieran Murphy on 28 Oct. 2013
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I read over half the book, which was very enjoyable, but then discovered it was the edited version,without any of the personal details, so had to locate an unedited version and start again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. B. Hodson on 24 Dec. 2012
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Written by an experienced author, previously so admired in his career, to try to explain his sexual outlook whilst locked up in prison. By this means he managed, through diverse language, to bring home to his (open minded readers) how he had (he at one point thought "degenerated") overcome his 'failed' mind, actually bringing home to those readers - and eventually himself - what good in him these 'failings' produced. Part of this is to explain his admiration of Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) to himself, the world, and Bosie himself.
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I had never heard of this book until watching the TV program, My Life in Books, where the actress, Natasha McElhone, spoke movingly about it's poetic beauty. Before this, my acquaintance with Oscar Wilde was limited to a few popular plays & novels, some witty quotes and the usual biographical stuff about his rise and fall. Wilde claimed that the two most important events in his life were being sent to Oxford and being sent to gaol and De Profundis combines both this learning and humility. I was particularly moved by the passages about Jesus as a romantic artist - indeed, I was often moved to tears by the truth and sincerity of Wilde's words. De Profundis is one of those beautiful books that can change your life, or at least turn on a light to help overcome the darkness.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Darnell on 22 Sept. 2010
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As a great lover of De Profundis, and the joyful owner of a facsimile copy, I really looked forward to hearing Colin Redgrave reading this audio version, especially as it was actually recorded in Reading Jail. Alas though that was the first big mistake as far as I am concerned, as the echo of the empty cell that we are supposed to imagine, really does at times drown out Corin Redgraves emotion filled voice. A voice, which a lot of the time is not very clear anyway, and made worse by an poor attempt at an Irish accent. An accent which incidentally, by the time Wilde wrote this letter, he had deliberately lost.
I am very disappointed with this reading, but would not dissuade anyone from buying it, as we all hear things differently..!
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