The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: De profundis, "Epistola : in carcere et vinculis"

Oxford University Press, 2000 - 345 pages
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This volume presents for the first time the complete textual history of one of the most famous love letters ever written. Addressed to Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and composed in Reading Gaol, it was later given the title 'De Profundis' by Wilde's friend and literary executor, RobertRoss. It was Ross's severely abridged and sanitized version, published in 1905 and again 1908, which inaugurated the tradition of seeing De Profundis as the apologia pro sua vita of a broken man. This edition takes account of this complex heritage by arguing that Wilde's prison document may be seennot just as the basis of a letter (a typed copy of which may have been sent to Douglas) but also as an unfinished literary work which he intended for public consumption at some future date. Such a case is made by placing in the public domain, often for the first time, a number of different works,derived from different texts, each of which bears witness to Wilde's multiple intentions for his prison document. These texts comprise: the manuscript held in the British Library; the version of Wilde's letter published by his son, Vyvyan Holland, from a typescript bequeathed to him by Robert Ross;hitherto unpublished witnesses to that typescript; and Ross's editions, collated with each other. The commentary to this edition - again for the first time - sets Wilde's story of his own life in 'De Profundis' against the testimony of other players in his drama, including, most importantly, that ofDouglas. In so doing it exposes the partial nature of Wilde's narrative, as well as the personal obsessions which animated it. The commentary also demonstrates a hitherto unnoticed element of Wilde's work, the extent and nature of its richly layered intertextuality and its similarity, in itscompositional practices, to many of his earlier works.

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Wilde’s letter to Lord Alfred Douglas (known affectionately as the l’enfant terrible Bosie), penned during his incarceration and hard labour at Reading Gaol for ‘gross indecency’ (or homosexuality ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Clearly, prison time was wasted on the author, sorry, Author. Pages upon pages of resentment, spite, anger and bitterness, especially bitterness. I read the history behind it after reading the book and it makes Wilde look rather bad and the claimed humility looks even more fake in its light. Consulter l'avis complet

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Table des matières

A Note on the Texts and the Textual Collation
In Carcere et Vinculis
In Carcere et Vinculis
A Note on the Commentary to De Profundis
Commentary to De Profundis
Wildes instructions to Robert Ross concerning his prison manuscript
Robert Rosss Preface to the I905 British edition of De Profundis
Rosss Prefatory Matter to and Appendices for the iQo8 edition of De Profundis
The ordering of material in the last folio of the prison manuscript
General Index
Droits d'auteur

Expressions et termes fréquents

À propos de l'auteur (2000)

Ian Small is a Professor of English at the University of Birmingham.

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