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4.0 out of 5 stars Prison bitterness and injustice- Wilde�s say, 18 Feb 2003
This review is from: De Profundis (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)
This is the most personal side to Oscar Wilde and the most heartfelt "work" he ever wrote. It is unknown as to whether Wilde wanted this to be published or not which makes its contents seem all the more private and delicate.
This is Wilde's letter to his former friend Lord Alfred Douglass whose father was the person who brought the charges against Wilde that lead to his prison term. Wild never mentions in detail his relationship with Douglass other than the fact that the latter lived out of his pocket and on the eve of Wilde's bankruptcy and arrest failed to help him.
Wilde's bitterness and sense of unfairness permeates every page of the letter- concentrating on what Douglass cost him both financially and in terms of liberty and finally setting his thoughts down on Jesus Christ. The term "hate blinded you" is constantly declared by Wilde but despite the authors own profusions of love we are left wondering how far Wilde is blinded by hate- or love?
This is a fast read at only eighty pages long but even so Wilde's self pity and sorrow can be exhausting to the reader. De Profundis is brilliant insight into the mind of one of the twentieth century's best love writers but is quite a draining read. Recommended to those who are fans of Wilde but may be too heavy for those with just a casual interest.
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