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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Twenty-four important works, focusing on Wilde's poetic legacy, offer important clues to themes and subjects that preoccupied this gifted writer in other works. Includes The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a powerful indictment of the degradation and inhumanity of prison life; "The Sphinx," "The Grave of Keats," "The Harlot's House," and 20 others.
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From Poems by Oscar Wilde (1881) Helas! From Subsection "Eleutheria" To Milton From Subsection "Rosa Mystica" Requiescat Vita Nuova [1877] From Subsection "Wind Flowers" Impression du Matin [1881] Chanson [portion of a longer work of 1876] From Subsection "Flowers of Gold" Impressions [1877] 1. Les Silhouettes 2. La Fuite de la Lune The Grave of Keats [1877] Ballade de Marguerite [1879] Impression de Voyage [1880] From Subsection "Panthea" Panthea From Subsection "The Fourth Movement" Impression: Le Reveillon [1877] Apologia Silentium Amoris Taedium Vitae From Subsection "The Flower of Love" Bittersweet Love The Sphinx (1894) The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Uncollected Poems The Harlot's House [1885] Fantaisies Decoratives [1887] 1. Le Panneau 2. Les Ballons Canzonet [1888] Symphony in Yellow [1889] In the Forest [1889] To L.L. [Lillie Langtry] [added in the 1908 edition of Poems by Oscar Wilde]

About the Author

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) remains best known for his comedies of the 1890s, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and for his tragic imprisonment and untimely death.

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