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De Profundis by  Oscar Wilde - 1st  edition - 1905 - from civilizingbooks (SKU: 357ESD-0627)

De Profundis

De Profundis by  Oscar Wilde - 1st  edition - 1905 - from civilizingbooks (SKU: 357ESD-0627)

De Profundis

by Wilde, Oscar

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 1905. 1st edition. hardcover. Fine. "Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer and poet who distinguished himself as a leader of London's School of Aesthetics in the late nineteenth century. He became famous for his long hair, flamboyant dress, green carnations and colorful, biting wit. His successful novels, social comedies, poetry and letters reflected his belief in the supremacy of art. In 1895, Wilde was convicted of gross indecency in a legal suit from the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. He was imprisoned for two years, serving hard labor, during which time he wrote 'De Profundis': a letter to Douglas discussing their relationship and the spiritual journey that Wilde had undergone in prison. The eighty page manuscript begins by examining Lord Alfred's behavior and negative influence on Wilde during their three-year relationship; the second part of the letter describes the harsh conditions of prison and the physical and emotional toll it took on the writer. He finishes the letter with a Christian analogy of himself as a symbol of art and truth." [Pub. Info] Wilde's apologia pro vita sua. There is some fading on the spine but writing is still clear. 1ST US EDITION, 2ND PRINTING.


Oscar Wilde wrote this while in prison to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas. This love letter is a profound look into the personal life of Oscar. Please Note: This book has been reformatted to be easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.


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De Profundis
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G. P. Putnam's Sons, NY
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Irish poet, writer, playwright, essayist, lecturer, journalist, 19th century, aesthetics movement
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