Oscar Wilde

De profundis

De Profundis (Latin: “from the depths”) is a 50,000 word letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas, his lover. Wilde wrote the letter between January and March 1897; he was not allowed to send it, but took it with him upon release. In it he repudiates Lord Alfred for what Wilde finally sees as his arrogance and vanity; he had not forgotten Douglas's remark, when he was ill, “When you are not on your pedestal you are not interesting.” He also felt redemption and fulfillment in his ordeal, realizing that his hardship had filled the soul with the fruit of experience, however bitter it tasted at the time.
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    Alex Alonso Solísshared an impression3 years ago
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    Un libro muy desolador que hace que conozcamos el lado más oscuro de Wilde, me pareció interesante porque en un punto de la lectura trata de igualarse con Jesucristo, me gustó el estilo que maneja porque contrasta con el estilo inocente de Wilde,

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    Марияhas quoted11 years ago
    The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me.
    Марияhas quoted11 years ago
    ‘Whatever happens to oneself happens to another.
    Марияhas quoted11 years ago
    I don’t regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does.

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