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

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - 345 pages
This is the second volume in the Oxford English Texts edition of the works of Oscar Wilde. It presents for the first time the complete textual history of one of the most famous love letters ever written. It argues, however, that Wilde's prison document may be seen not just as the basis of a letter, 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. The commentary to this edition sets Wilde's story of his own life in De Profundis against the testimony of other players in his drama.
 

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Pitched somewhere between a personal essay and a prose poem, this book, or at least this edition of this book, is one of limited virtue, e.g., the occasional deployment of Wilde's masterful prose ... Read full review

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Beautiful, fascinating, poetic, and heartbreaking, Wilde becomes the “spectator of his own tragedy” in De Profundis and attempts a sort of mystical Confiteor to make sense of the suffering of his soul ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Note on the Texts and the Textual Collation
31
Abbreviations
32
IN CARCERE ET VINCULIS
35
DE PROFUNDIS
157
In Carcere et Vinculis
194
In Carcere et Vinculis
199
A Note on the Commentary to De Profundis
287
Commentary to De Profundis
288
Wildes instructions to Robert Ross concerning his prison manuscript
308
Robert Rosss Preface to the I905 British edition of De Profundis
311
Rosss Prefatory Matter to and Appendices for the iQo8 edition of De Profundis
313
The ordering of material in the last folio of the prison manuscript
335
General Index
339
Copyright

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

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