Publisher description for De profundis / Oscar Wilde ; preface by Richard Ellmann ; notes by Jason Tougaw.


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Counter Written from Wilde's prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas's behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde's own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation. At once a bracingly honest account of ruinous attachment and a profound meditation on human suffering, De Profundis is a classic of gay literature. Richard Ellmann calls De Profundis "a love letter...One of the greatest, and the longest, ever written."


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Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 Correspondence, Authors, Irish 19th century Correspondence, Prisoners England Reading Correspondence, Douglas, Alfred Bruce, Lord, 1870-1945 Correspondence