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De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Others (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 Jul 1999

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (5 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840224010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840224016
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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My wife loved is as a Christmas gift in the long evenings.
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Wilde lived on the edge, "feasting with panthers," and enjoying the risk: "the danger was half the excitement."...I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world... And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was that I confined myself so exclusively to the trees of what seemed to me the sun-lit side of the garden, and shunned the other side for its shadow and its gloom.

Ballad of Reading Gaol The title comes from the Latin beginning of Psalm 130 where the writer laments out of the depth of his despair. Sublime though the writing is, one cannot help feel that it is a very long whinge. Also it lacks the pithy and comic phrases that pepper most of his other work. We don't know whether it ever reached Bosie bit had it been addressed to me I would have been shamed to discover that it had later been published for all to see: Each man kills the thing he loves, the coward does it with a kiss; who lives more lives than one must die more deaths; there was no chapel on a day of hanging, no cross of requiem on murder's grave
The Decay of Lying: Everyone who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching; Dullards are consistent; Lying - politicians; Life imitates art, not the other way round; Mrs. Arundel is a philistine because she wants him to admire a sunset; No great artist sees things as they really are or he'd cease to be an artist; the C of E is full of sceptics who don't believe Noah or Jonah; `We (sic) have talked long enough'
The Critic as Artist part 1: There are some acute observations here and in part two, often expressed wittily.
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This remains one of the most powerful, beautiful and glorious collections of Wilde's work.

No one could read this material and not be moved by its elegance, beauty and sadness.

It should be on the curricula of all our universities, colleges and schools.

Another winner from Amazon.
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One of the masterpieces of English literature for such a modest price. The text is clear but the paper not fantastic, as you would expect at this price. But this should be on everyone's bookshelf - the English language is richer for these works. Much, much richer...
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just had to read De Profundis and oh it was so sad but enriching. I already had Reading Jail and love it anyway, how badly predjudiced were those days.
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Looked forward to reading this book.
However the print is way too small and has diminished the pleasure in reading it.
This is an issue with some books and I think on line suppliers should include print size in the description.
I may go back to checking books out in bookshops first.
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