De Profundis Written from Wilde s prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of D

  • Title: De Profundis
  • Author: Oscar Wilde Richard Ellmann
  • ISBN: 9780679783213
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written from Wilde s prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas s behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde s own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation At once a bracingly honest account of ruinous attachment and aWritten from Wilde s prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas s behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde s own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation At once a bracingly honest account of ruinous attachment and a profound meditation on human suffering, De Profundis is a classic of gay literature Richard Ellmann calls De Profundis a love letterOne of the greatest, and the longest, ever written This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains newly commissioned notes.

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    1. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum says:

      ”Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world. I cannot conceive of any other explanation. I am convinced that there is no other, and that if the world has indeed, as I have said, been built of sorrow, it has been built by the hands of love, because in no other way could the soul of man, for whom the world was made, reach the full stature of its perfection. Pleasure for the beautiful body, but pai [...]

    2. Two magnificent texts by Oscar Wilde, particularly poignant. The Ballad of Reading Gaol, the same place where Wilde was imprisoned, tells the true story and drama of a soldier sentenced for having murdered his wife. De Profundis is a long letter addressed to Lord Douglas by Oscar Wilde who reproaches him for having abandoned him to his fate. Oscar Wilde, who had accustomed us to very beautiful reflections on life and his aesthetics, gives us here a sort of last very moving testimony that will be [...]

    3. It is funny how sometimes books come at you (and when I say you, I mean me), sometimes almost in clusters. It is almost like there really is a God and He has infinite knowledge of the universe and knows just what it is that you need to be thinking about right about now, except He is curiously shy and so He doesn’t like to come right out with it and tell you directly what’s on His mind. So, instead, He leaves books lying around in places where you are fairly likely to trip over them and then [...]

    4. Δεν το θεωρώ ως μια ερωτική εξομολόγηση ή ως ένα μυθιστόρημα αλλά ως μια βιογραφία των τελευταίων χρόνων πριν την φυλάκισή του. Και ένα απόσπασμα που μου άρεσε. «Ένας άνθρωπος που λαχταράει να’ναι κάτι διαφορετικό από τον εαυτό του-μέλος του κοινοβουλίου ή επιτυχημένος χο [...]

    5. I am giving this a lower rating than it technically deserves, due to some of my personal beliefs that are important enough to me that I am unwilling to ignore them in a review where they are so entirely relevant to the book at hand. As a piece of writing, it is several synonyms for luscious and tragically chest-stabby. However, underneath the primary and quite applicable to post-3-decades-on-Earth-me themes of looking back on many a wasted year and regretting a lot of the selfish and short-sight [...]

    6. Ένα σπαρακτικό βιβλίο από έναν πολύ αγαπημένο συγγραφέα. Ο Wilde εδώ ξεγυμνώνει την ψυχή του και μας δείχνει πέρα του πόσο ταλαντούχος συγγραφέας είναι, το πόσο ευαίσθητος και πολύπλευρος άνθρωπος είναι. Ακόμα και αν δε συμφωνεί κάποιος με τις απόψεις του ή τον τρόπο ζωής του, [...]

    7. When faced with the abyss before you, is there only emptiness or is there a new beginning?This is an intensely personal examination of Wilde's journey during incarceration. It follows the Stages of Grief and intertwines the religious with art. It has some incredible observations that made me examine my own thoughts and assumptions.But it is a very unimaginative nature that only cares for people on their pedestals. A pedestal may be a very unreal thing. A pillory is a terrific reality. They shoul [...]

    8. ¿Algunas vez les pasó de leer el inicio de un libro para solo echarle un vistazo y terminaron leyendo mucho más de lo que planeaban?Bueno, a mí me acaba de pasar: no pude parar de leer hasta terminarlo. Puedo ser perfectamente feliz solo. Con libertad, libros, flores y la luna, ¿quién no puede ser feliz?Me gustó muchísimo esta carta (megacarta) de Oscar Wilde a su amante. Este trabajo me permitió conocer más a fondo a uno de mis autores favoritos; a comprenderlo y admirar su grandeza y [...]

    9. (4,5*)Σύντομες περίοδοι, κοφτός λόγος, παράθεση άμεσων ερωτημάτωνόλα συντελούν στην αποκάλυψη της ψυχικής διάθεσης του Oscar Wide κατά τη συγγραφή του γράμματος. Άλλοτε σκεπτικός, άλλοτε θλιμμένος, πικραμένος, στοχαστικός και ειρωνικός. Κείμενο με φιλοσοφικές, κοινωνικές και θρ [...]

    10. A piece of beautiful, honest, philosophical writing that flows from a chastened soul.Passages that tug at my heartstrings:"To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.""Truth in art is the unity of a thing with itself: the outward rendered expressive of the inward: the soul made incarnate: the body instinct with spirit.""Now it seems to me that love of so [...]

    11. "()Uns amam pouco tempo, outros demais, Uns vendem, outros compram; Alguns praticam a ação com muitas lágrimas E outros sem um suspiro, sequer: Pois todo o homem mata o objeto do seu amor E, no entanto, nem todo homem é condenado à morte.Oscar Wilde (Balada do Cárcere de Reading)De Profundis é uma longa carta, dirigida a Alfred Douglas, que Wilde escreveu na prisão de Reading, onde, durante dois anos, cumpriu pena de trabalhos forçados pela acusação de práticas homossexuais. É um re [...]

    12. Υπέροχος! Η γλώσσα και οι σκέψεις του με μάγεψαν. Ανυπομονώ να διαβάσω Το Πορτραίτο του Ντόριαν Γκρέυ για το οποίο ακούω τόσα και τόσα :)

    13. In the letter Wilde wrote to his friend Robert Ross enclosing this extended essay he finishes with a beautiful image' On the other side of the prison wall there are some poor black soot-besmirched trees which are just breaking out into buds of an almost shrill gren. I know quite well what they are going through. They are finding expression '.These lovely few sentences capture quite marvelously the thrust of this book. It is an account of Wilde's re-birth from in amidst the degradation and cruel [...]

    14. واقعا نمیدونم چی بگم در مورد سانسور کتاب در ایران!نمیدونمشایدم سانسور نبود و اصل کتاب همین بودهمن این کتاب رو سال 88 خوندماصلا هم توی باغ نبودممدام میگفتم آخه یعنی چی!!!اسکار وایلد چه دوستی با آلفرد داگلاس داشته!!!؟؟؟؟

    15. How can a love be so true be so wrong? No, erase that. Who am I to say that it is wrong?Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Irish writer, poet, aesthete and Lord Alfred Douglas (1870-1945), British author, poet, translator are in-love with each other and they are both homosexuals. Also, Wilde is married to Constance Lloyd (1859-1898) and they have two children: Cyril and Vyvyn.Douglas is single at 21 and Wilde, 37, married and already a father when they start their affair. After a year, Wilde is incarcer [...]

    16. i'm not okay."Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make [...]

    17. Πικραμενος, σαρκαστικος, πονεμενος ο Γουαιλντ φιλοσοφει, στοχαζεται, αναθεωρει για οτι αφορα την ζωη , τη Τεχνη και απευθυνει ενα δριμυ ΄΄κατηγορω'' εναντια στην πουριτανικη ηθικη της Βικτωριανης Αγγλιας, στον ιδιο τον ερωμενο του με τον αμεσο,ποιητικο και ιδιοφυη του λογο [...]

    18. De Profundis or "from the depths" is a long letter written by Oscar Wild to Lord Alfred Douglas while he was imprisoned in Reading Goal. The letter is Wild's attempt to come to terms with his past, present dire circumstances and the future that he will have to face once released. As the name states, the letter is account from the depth - from his soul with all honesty. Although he holds that he is unjustly convicted, he nevertheless admits that he has committed grave errors in the past. He is re [...]

    19. I won't write a solid review for this because I just poured out my energy in a review with terrible grammar and no good points. Just a forewarning, y'all.When I read this, all I could really do was think about Oscar Wilde's conditions when writing this. He wrote it in prison. I can't imagine he had it very nice there. Yet, he manages to write a perfectly Oscar Wilde-y letter, with beautiful prose and good insights. I don't really want to talk about it anymore just read it. If you like Oscar Wild [...]

    20. EspañolEmpecé a leer este libro con la finalidad de conocer un poco más a uno de mis autores favoritos, pero lo terminé de leer conociendo un poco más a la humanidad. Una humanidad a veces injusta, a veces conducida por el odio y la vanidad. Otras tantas por los prejuicios, el interés, el desenfreno y la intolerancia, pero también, y contra todo pronóstico, cómo puede uno elegir ser movido por el amor sin necesidad de ser débil ante quien lo recibe o ante el hecho de no recibirlo a cam [...]

    21. Con una honestidad brutalmente a flor de piel, Oscar Wilde escribe esta carta a su amante Alfred "Bosie" Douglas con la convicción de haber sido extremadamente castigado por la sociedad. Una auténtica Nota desde el Subsuelo, donde el dolor y el sufrimiento de uno de los escritores más sensibles de la literatura universal nos da la sensación de estar leyendo los sentimientos de un corazón "en carne viva".

    22. 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.When first I was put into prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realizing what I am that I have found comfort of any kind. Now I am advised by others to try on my release to forget that I have ever been in a prison at all. I know that wo [...]

    23. Part IWow. Well, first off, this was excellent Valentine's Day reading, and when I say that I'm only about 64% sarcastic. If De Profundis shows anything it shows that love is complicated and however much I wanted to shake Oscar Wilde and yell "You're right to be upset! He's horrible! He's not worth it!" I know he wouldn't listen to me.On the other hand, I can't imagine being on the receiving end of this letter and keeping my cool, even if I just had a teaspoonful of heart.Part IIThis is what mak [...]

    24. 1º Acto - Uma Parteira Chamada Dor:- "Suffering is really a revelation. One discerns things one's never discerned before"2º Acto - A Roda dos Opostos:- "I turned the good things of my life to evil and the evil things of my life to good"3º Acto - A Experiência Constrói o Ser:- "To regret one's own experience is to arrest one's own development"Cai o Pano:No fim de tudo o que há a reter, é que quem trilha o Caminho do Puro Prazer, está na verdade a trilhar o Caminho da Dor sem o saber.Quer [...]

    25. This is a fabulous book. I loved it when I read it twenty or so years ago but I appreciate it more now for its literary worth. That's the difference.Nice to see that it's still being read by my friends here.

    26. This book is just so painful. It gets difficult a times, but then at others Wilde makes something much bigger of his woes. He flies in philosophy, metaphysic ideas. Love, hate, hurt, sorrow, Christ, friendship, family, he speaks of so many things. Yet you are left with a very sad feeling. If this is what may happen to someone so great, what is left for mere mortals like us? Is love to be so cruel?

    27. This 'book'-in reality, it is a letter written to Lord Alfred Douglas-is brimming with beautiful passages, intelligent ideas, and honest emotion. I haven't read something this transfixing and powerful in quite some time. It truly reveals Wilde's mastery of language, and his profound understanding on the human psyche. I found myself wondering if he knew that this would be read in the future by people other than Lord Alfred Douglas. It wouldn't change my experience of the book, but it was just so [...]

    28. “Luego de una prolongada e infructuosa espera, he tomado la decisión de escribirte, y ello tanto en tu interés como en el mío, pues me subleva el pensar que he estado en la cárcel dos interminables años sin que haya recibido de ti una sola línea, una noticia cualquiera, que no he sabido nada de ti, aparte de aquello que tenía que serme doloroso.”Es extraño puntuar una lectura como esta, pero interesante al mismo tiempo. Entrar en la mente de alguien y conocer sus pensamientos y su se [...]

    29. کتاب شامل دست نوشته های نویسنده است که در دوران حبسش خطاب به لرد آلفرد داگلاس نوشته شده است. او پس از دوره ای از شهرت و ثروت بسیار و "غیرمحتمل" ورشکسته و بی آبرو می شود و پس از چندین جلسه دادگاه (که به شدت کنجکاو شدم کتاب شرح دادگاه شو را بخونم!) به بیگاری و زندان محکوم می شود و به ع [...]

    30. I never would have expected a treatise on the meaning of suffering and sorrow, the path to the soul, and a meditation upon Christ as the first true artist/poet from a man imprisoned for homosexuality. It was a pleasure to read this "letter" that emerged out of Oscar Wilde's two year imprisonment for "illicit behavior". How one of his life of leisure, wealth, and decadence could find the path to his soul and the beauty in suffering and the value of nature while imprisoned in a jail cell for two y [...]

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