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De Profundis and Other Prison Writings

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,090 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
De todos os dândis que encantavam a sofisticada sociedade londrina do final do século XIX, o mais brilhante e luminoso era sem dúvida Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde Dublin 1854-Paris 1900. Célebre, respeitado, Wilde vivia o ano de 1895 como o grande autor de O retrato de Dorian Gray 1891 e de três peças que faziam sucesso no momento: "O leque de Lady Windermere", "Um ...more
Unknown Binding, 280 pages
Published October 26th 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1897)
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Bill  Kerwin

A superb work of prose, this autobiographical essay in epistolary form is also--although Wilde would never call it so--an unconventional moral exhortation and an impressionistic work of Christology.

This letter from prison written to Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas--Wilde's young lover and the occasion of his downfall--urges the young lord to face up to his own reckless past behavior and to seek the knowledge of self that can only be gained through suffering. "Shallowness is the only sin." Wilde rep
Mamdouh Abdullah
من الحسن الآن أن يسمح لأوسكار وايلد أن يجتاز سلم الشهرة التي كان يعشقها إلى أعراف الحقارة والنسيان التي يستحقها. إن قبر النسيان الذي يرشح بالحقارة يجب أن يطمر تباهيه الأحمق وتبجحاته الفارغة وغروره المريض.
صحيفة الديلي تلغراف، عام 1895م.

في أحد الأيام، قام أوسكار وايلد بزيارة أحد الأندية التي يرتادها كثيراً. وجد في هذا المكان رسالة قصيرة من ماركيز كوينز بيري، والد صديقه ألفريد دوغلاس، مكونة من أربع كلمات تحمل أعنف هجوم قد يتعرض له أي شخص في لندن. كلمات تتهم أوسكار وايلد بالانحراف والشذوذ. تلقى واي
Tracey Duncan
Jun 14, 2008 Tracey Duncan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the letter to a lover that you always mean to write, but don't. it's perfect and amazing, and the next time someone dumps you, rejects you, or just doesn't feel "that way" about you, you should read this and try and find a way to turn your festering inferiority complex into a work of pure genius.
I am deeply touched by the book.

The book records the letters that Oscar Wilde wrote from the very beginning of his prison life to almost the very end of his life, including the very famous letter De Profundis, which he wrote to his lover, Alfred Douglas.

It reads really sad after one year of hard prison life Wilde had changed so much. His once passionate love “Never has anyone in my life been dearer than you, never has any love been greater, more sacred, more beautiful…” became the very bitternes
Dec 07, 2013 Less_cunning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bs-3, pl, read1
"De Profundis" is probably the greatest break-up letter i've ever read. "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" makes a credible case for Socialism but also levels a scathing critique of Journalism & debates the ethics of Artistic Integrity. His poems are both honest & illuminating. Where Wilde's other work displays his wit & nature as a high aesthe, "De Profundis And Other Writings" shows not only Wilde's range but that he was a man of great substance and talent.

I wish i had of read this
Dennis Burke
Nov 23, 2008 Dennis Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stating Wilde's brilliance seems sort of redundant, so I will steer clear of that for now.

I consider De Profundis to be his most heartfelt work ever. It's Wilde's 50,000+ word letter to his lover from prison (and, if you didn't know, the major reason why he was convicted of homosexuality was due to said gay lover). It's the most meaningful thing Wilde ever wrote in his life, and it shines through.

This is a MUST READ for any and all Wilde fans.
Jul 30, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oscillates between the profound and the petty. Wilde sanctifies suffering. And Bosey gets a deserved dressing down.

"a sentimentalist is one who desires the luxury of an emotion without paying for it"

*considers Bosey told*
Joseph Raffetto
Jan 19, 2016 Joseph Raffetto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, letters
De Profundis is a letter he a wrote from jail. Extremely powerful and spiritual.
Andrew Gordon
Nov 06, 2007 Andrew Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only sexy people
Oscar Wilde is a very funny fellow. He a bit arrogant - " I have nothing to declare except my genius"
And he is also a wild man, an anachist - "It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made"
And he is highlyquotable - "A man who does not think for himself does not think at all".

I think that the points he made regarding the ownership of private property in the Soul of a Man Under Socialism are more relevant now than what they were when he originally put that shit down. It s
Dec 13, 2010 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Soul of Man Under Socialism" is pure genius. Rarely are politics and poetry so beautifully entwined, yet Wilde presents them as inherently so. Two jewels that shone particularly bright in the lattice:

"...the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are."

"...a community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime."

"The Decay of Lying" is classic Wild
Apr 16, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Catártico, Comienzo impresionante.

". . . Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round one centre of pain. The paralysing immobility of a life every circumstance of which is regulated after an unchangeable pattern, so that we eat and drink and lie down and pray, or kneel at least for prayer, according to the inflexible laws of an iron formul
Davide Nole
Jan 06, 2015 Davide Nole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho bisogno di spazio e tempo per parlarne e lo scritto non è il modo migliore (per me).
Jul 29, 2014 Cin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En una palabra: Desgarradora. La carta que Wilde le escribió a Alfred Douglas es tan desgarradora. Hace tiempo leí De profundis en una edición que sólo tenía esta epístola y no la Balada. Hay un montón de frases que me me gustó (re)encontrar, muchos detalles en las expresiones de Oscar Wilde que dejan ver cómo de sensible era su alma. De más está decir que no fue nada agradable lo que hizo Alfred Douglas y, no sé, leer un texto tan personal sobre el autor hace que lo tengas en otra estima. Uno p ...more
Jan 09, 2008 Jeremy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever been jailed for sodomy
Oscar Wildes was a homosexual and he had a sexual affair with Sir Alfred Douglas who happened to be nobility. Now sodomy at that time was a jailable offense so Oscar went to jail while Douglas being noble didnt have to. This book is actually a contemptuous love letter to the nobleman. Its strange however way ahead of its time.
Jul 30, 2013 Chilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, non-fiction
Even though Mr. Wilde proclaims himself humbled by his incarceration, he still writes in a florid and dramatic style, making De Profundis not so much amusing, but - at least a little - ironic. However, his insights about the evolution of his understanding of God, morality and society are interesting and moving.
Dec 01, 2008 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The heart of a broken man: rarely as a writer shown his own heart in such a naked, raw, intense way. What can be described as a love letter is actually one of the most admirable and heartbreaking descent into the human psyche and the meaning of love. An achievement like no other.
Oct 22, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
This small book of selected works shows the depths of both Wilde's thought and his suffering, all expressed in effortlessly fluent language.

I came to this book by way of the Wikipedia entry on Wilde, which I consulted after reading his The Picture of Dorian Gray. I was most intrigued to learn that he had written a long, searching letter while in prison, and was eager to read it. What were the thoughts and feelings of this perceptive man, who had undergone such a severe reversal of fortune?

I was
Arthur Andraus
Sep 29, 2013 Arthur Andraus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maravilhoso livro. Consciente, triste e apaixonado, Wilde é sincero com seu sentimento e fiel ao descrevê-lo.
Apr 24, 2009 María rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
la carta de desamor y despecho, más estética y fina que he leído y creo que leeré en toda mi vida
Jul 28, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The LONG letter he writes to his lover is incredibly passionate and lovingly loyal....
Jonny Berglind
Aug 23, 2012 Jonny Berglind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal and yet general, a fantastic love letter by a fantastic writer.
Jan 20, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Deep. Desperate letter from a man who loves.
Jose Angel
Nov 20, 2015 Jose Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatura
Me llevó más tiempo del que pretendía invertir en su lectura: en realidad, esa carta tan extensa como dura y bella a la que su amigo Robert Ross - que no Wilde - dio en llamar muy acertadamente De Profundis merece ser leída y saboreada de una sola sentada.

Escrita para el que fuera su amante en un tono amargo y admonitorio - heredero directo de clásicos como la Ética a Nicómaco aristotélica -, Wilde reflexiona sobre no sólo sobre su relación sino sobre la belleza, la religión ,y sobre todo el suf
Aug 19, 2013 Val rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know,better than we feel, nobler than we are: we can see Life as a whole: by which, and by which alone, we can understand others in their real as in their ideal relations. Only what is fine, and finely conceived, can feed Love. But anything can feel hate.

I could have held up a mirror to you, and shown you such an image of yourself that you would not recognize it as your own till you found it mimicking back your gestures of horror,
May 07, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
OSCAR WILDE: Letters and Essays. (1993). Merlin Holland (ed.). ****.
This collection of Wilde’s letters and essays was published by The Folio Society in 1995 as part of a three-volume set of the works of the author. I’ll keep them separate since I don’t play to read all three volumes at once. Of Wilde’s letters, the most famous is, of course, “De Profundis,” a very long letter written to Lord Alfred Douglas while Wilde was still in prison at Reading. He was not allowed to send this letter, but h
Sep 14, 2011 ilaria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, uk, classic
Un po' di anni fa ho letto qualcosa di Wilde: da "Il ritratto di Dorian Gray", , a "The importance of being Earnest", da "Il fantasma di Canterville" ale raccolte di aforismi. Il ricordo che ho: un artista eccentrico e provocatore dalla scrittura ironica e pungente.
Nel "De profundis", lunghissima lettera (mi pare la più lunga mai scritta) indirizzata al suo amico Douglas (Bosie nella lettera), ritrovo uno stile profondamente triste.

Wilde si trova in carcere dove sconta una pena di due anni ai la

Jun 18, 2013 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De Profundis paints us the perfect illustration of the transformation from the pre Reading Gaol Wilde who gave us 'Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.' to the post Reading Gaol Wilde who gave us 'I am not a scrap ashamed of being in prison. I am horribly ashamed of the materialism of the life that brought me there.'
The correspondence Wilde conducted before and during his incarceration are still laced with wit and fleeting fragments of hope. No other author co
Marina Trajković
De profundis

The first part is a real treat for gossipers, the second one, a treat for a sufferer. (The first one listing the trouble Wilde's friend Adolf had put him through, and the second one filled with forgiveness, chagrin, even Christian philosophy). After arrogant, ironic style in The Picture of Dorian Gray, quoted to express cynicism all over the web (facebook particularly), the painful, demure, and even submissive tone in De Profundis came as a huge surprise. Wilde is broken and ready to
Dec 08, 2009 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This long letter was written by Wilde to his lover Lord Douglas from prison, where he was serving a three year sentence for "obscenity" related to his relationship with Mr. Douglas.

Wilde is a wonderful writer, and his writing style shines thoughout the book.

The first half of the book, which is a personal indictment of Mr. Douglas' behavior, in my opinion, detracts from the book. It is well-written, but it made me absolutely detest Wilde as a person.

The scenario, conveyed in the first half of th
Feb 05, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition I read only had De Profundis. It was the 1949 version, which had a nice typeface, but which I since learned is not the most faithful to Wilde's manuscript. Next time I read it, I'll be sure to read a better edition.

De Profundis is a diatribe, elegy, conversion story, but above all, work of moral instruction, hoping to reform Wilde's young associate Lord Alfred Douglas (lover? friend?), also a poet and aesthete. Wilde, however, doesn't like morality, so he encodes his morality in aest
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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“Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round one centre of pain.” 36 likes
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