- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Others (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 Jul 1999
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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'
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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.
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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Book Came This Morning. Perfect Condition. Love Oscar Wilde !Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had read De Profundis in my early 20s and had found it hard to follow. Reading it again 15 years later, it was a totally different experience. Read morePublished on 22 April 2015 by Dimitri Gkiokas