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De Profundis by Oscar Wilde
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Aug 16, 10

Ignore all the "love letter" business - this is the testimony of a man who went through complete and utter personal ruin, only to arrive at a real and deep assessment of his life and the people and pursuits he had devoted his time to.
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matt So very much agreed...a man who lived his life as if it were only the most reasonable way to do things, with style and wit and grace and wisdom, and who got busted for it because of everything which is wrong with the world (and may always be)...I remember being very moved by the experience of reading it long ago- he transforms his unjust suffering and the betrayal at the hands of his lover and his society with penetrating insight and poetic verve...a master, and a role model to the ones who want to live the way they know is not possible.

Katherine ExACTly.

I have to admit I had this image of Wilde as merely that funny flamboyant guy who got arrested for being queer way back in the dawn of time. That's all changed.

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