de Profundis

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de Profundis

By Oscar Wilde; Richard Ellmann (Preface by)

Modern Library, Paperback, 9780679783213, 160pp.

Publication Date: September 12, 2000

Description
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."

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains newly commissioned notes.



Praise For de Profundis

"Displays the insight, honesty, and unself-conscious style of a great writer."
--W. H. Auden