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The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems by Oscar Wilde
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This poem - originally published anonymously, written after Wilde's two year's hard labour in Reading prison - is the tale of a man who has been sentenced to hang for the murder of the woman he loved. The Ballad of Reading Gaol follows the inmate through his final three weeks, as he stares at the sky and silently drinks his beer ration. Heart-wrenching and eye-opening, the ballad also expresses perfectly Wilde's belief that humanity is made up only of offenders, each of us deserving a greater charity for the severity of our crimes.

Author Biography

Wit, intellectual, aesthete and raconteur, Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. His writing - including children's stories, poetry, philosophical essays, a novel and several hugely popular plays - made him the greatest celebrity of his day, and he remains one of the world's most frequently-quoted and well-loved writers.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
192
Dimensions
129x198x11
ISBN-13
9780141192673
Product ID
3946421

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