De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Other Writings (Wordsworth Classics)
De Profundis is Oscar Wildes eloquent and bitter reproach from prison e to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie). In an extended letter Wilde accuses Lord Alfred of selfishness, shallowness, parasitism, greed, extravagance, tantrums, pettiness and neglect. He contrasts this behavior towards him with the selfless devotion of his close friend, Robert Ross ( Robbie) who became Wildes literary executor, gave the work its title (from the opening of Psalm 130)and who published a shortened version of it in 1905.
The Ballad of Re ading Gaol is a deeply moving and characteristically generous poem on the horrors of prison life. It was published anonymously in 1898, signed only C.3.3. Wilde`s cell number in Reading Gaol. Wilde himself, released from his two year prison sentence in 1877, was at the time living in France on the charity of friends and under the pseudonym Sebastian Melmoth.
by : Oscar Wilde