Introduced by Patti Smith
One of the greatest love letters ever written, De Profundis is newly introduced by Patti Smith and illustrated with archive photography in this exceptional Folio edition.
‘In all its urgency and ambiguous eloquence, it remains one of the greatest and most complex love letters ever written’
Published to mark the 125th anniversary of the beginning of Wilde’s imprisonment this striking edition is newly introduced by Patti Smith, and illustrated with images from the family archive. Sentenced to two years’ hard labour for his homosexual relations, Wilde plummeted from the heights of London society to bankruptcy, incarceration and indignity. His fall from grace was played out in a very public trial and his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) became fodder for the popular press and gossipmongers. Penned in 1897, toward the end of his internment, De Profundis is one of the greatest love letters ever written. However, it is far more than a passionate entreaty: it charts Wilde’s humiliating downfall, the rejection of his indulgent lifestyle and a new religious awareness.
Full bound in blocked textured paper
Set in Lazurski with ChiQuel as display
Frontispiece and 5 pages of photographs
8” x 5¼”
Beautifully composed introduction by Patti Smith
Hand-written pages reproduced as endpapers
A destructive relationship laid bare
About Oscar Wilde
About Patti Smith
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