De Profundis

Sevenov September 5, 2022

De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

Author: Oscar Wilde | Published: 1905 (posthumous)

De Profundis

Oscar Wilde is one of the most renowned poets and authors of all time. His work, De Profundis, offers a unique look into his life and beliefs. Written during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, this letter is considered one of Wilde's most famous works.

De Profundis covers many topics including religion, literature and most importantly, redemption from suffering and hardship. The long-form letter was written to Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde’s former lover who betrayed him during his trial for homosexual acts. In it he expresses remorse for their past actions together as well as addressing his own life experiences and faith in Christianity.

Wilde's piercing words are filled with emotion that reveals both anguish at being wronged as well as hope for finding peace within himself through faith in God. Find out more about De Profundis

About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is an iconic English playwright and poet who left a lasting legacy behind him. Born in 1854, the Dublin-born writer was renowned for his wit and wordsmithing skills. His plays such as "The Importance of Being Earnest" remain popular to this day while his poetry explores themes such as love, longing and beauty. He was one of the most prominent members of London's literary society at the time and his work has been translated into many different languages around the world.

Wilde's personal life was also full of drama - he famously married Constance Lloyd in 1884 but became involved with Lord Alfred Douglas during their marriage. In 1895, Wilde brought a lawsuit against Douglas' father for libel which eventually led to his own arrest on charges of 'gross indecency'. He spent two years in prison before being released in 1897, a broken man. Find out more about Oscar Wilde.

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