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If you get through De Profundis i congratulate you!,
This review is from: De Profundis and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Being a fan of Oscar WIlde, i was surprised when i first tried to read De Profundis. It means "Out of the depths" apparently, and was written while Wilde was in jail.
If you know the Oscar Wilde story, you will know who Lord Alfred Douglas is. He was the cause of Wilde's imprisonment after he lost a libel action against Douglas's father. when Wilde was accused of 'acts of gross indecency'. De Profundis was written as a letter from Wilde to Douglas explaining why he could never see him again.
It is a harrowing piece of work, describing Wilde's time in jail, his feelings and realising where he has gone wrong. It has taken me a long time to get through, and is so radically different from anything Wilde produced before he
was sent down.
I recommend this if you are a fan of Wilde, just to see how his life and way of thinking was turned completely on its head.
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