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Title The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Read Books Ltd
Release Date 2020-09-08
Category Poetry
Total Pages 52
ISBN 9781528791274
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Originally published in 1898, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” is a poem written by Oscar Wilde. Composed after his release from the titular prison whilst he was in exile in Berneval-le-Grand, the poem deals with the hanging at Reading Goal of Charles Thomas Wooldridge, a 30-year-old man who was imprisoned for cutting his wife's throat. Within the poem, Wilde narrates the execution in full and explores the brutal nature of the punishment that all inmates must endure. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish poet and playwright who became one of the most popular in London during the 1880s and 1890s. Well-known for his sharp wit and extravagant attire, Wilde was a proponent of aestheticism and wrote in a variety of forms including poetry, fiction, and drama. He was famously imprisoned for homosexual acts from 1895 to 1897 and died at the age of 46, just three years after his release. Other notable works by this author include: “Picture of Dorian Gray” (1890), “Salome” (1891), and “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895). Ragged Hand is proudly republishing this classic poem now complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

Title The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1899
Category English poetry
Total Pages 62
ISBN WISC:89001139179
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The Ballad of Reading Gaol" is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile either in Berneval-le-Grand or in Dieppe, France, after his release from Reading Gaol (pronounced "redding jail") on 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison.During his imprisonment, on Tuesday, 7 July 1896, a hanging took place. Charles Thomas Wooldridge had been a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards. He was convicted of cutting the throat of his wife, Laura Ellen, earlier that year at Clewer, near Windsor. He was aged 30 when executed.

Title The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date 1898
Category Ballads, English
Total Pages 62
ISBN HARVARD:32044020394466
Language English, Spanish, and French
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He did not wear his scarlet coat, For blood and wine are red, And blood and wine were on his hands When they found him with the dead, The poor dead woman whom he loved, And murdered in her bed. He walked amongst the Trial Men In a suit of shabby grey; A cricket cap was on his head, And his step seemed light and gay; But I never saw a man who looked So wistfully at the day. I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky, And at every drifting cloud that went With sails of silver by.

Title The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-08-19
Category
Total Pages 62
ISBN 9798676775612
Language English, Spanish, and French
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HE was a Grecian lad, who coming homeWith pulpy figs and wine from SicilyStood at his galley's prow, and let the foamBlow through his crisp brown curls unconsciously, And holding wave and wind in boy's despitePeered from his dripping seat across the wet and stormy night.Till with the dawn he saw a burnished spearLike a thin thread of gold against the sky, And hoisted sail, and strained the creaking gear, And bade the pilot head her lustilyAgainst the nor'west gale, and all day longHeld on his way, and marked the rowers' time with measured song.And when the faint Corinthian hills were redDropped anchor in a little sandy bay, And with fresh boughs of olive crowned his head, And brushed from cheek and throat the hoary spray, And washed his limbs with oil, and from the holdBrought out his linen tunic and his sandals brazen-soled, And a rich robe stained with the fishers' juiceWhich of some swarthy trader he had boughtUpon the sunny quay at Syracuse, And was with Tyrian broideries inwrought, And by the questioning merchants made his wayUp through the soft and silv

Title The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1899
Category Imprisonment
Total Pages 44
ISBN UOM:39015073446083
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2010-04-01
Category Poetry
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9780141958385
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Pit Of Shame by Anthony Stokes

Title Pit of Shame
Author Anthony Stokes
Publisher Waterside Press
Release Date 2007
Category History
Total Pages 192
ISBN 1904380212
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long.' Oscar Wilde (The Ballad of Reading Gaol) This unique work looks closely at the life and times of Reading Gaol prison during the period that Oscar Wilde was a prisoner there. The book also contains a number of new insights concerning Wilde's classic poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and offers fresh information about Oscar Wilde. Written by senior prison officer Anthony Stokes, Pit of Shame is based on upwards of ten years research and familiarity with the very fabric of Reading Gaol. It also tells of notorious and famous prisoners such as Thomas Jennings, Amelia Dyer (the 'Reading Baby Farmer') and actor Stacey Keach; examines the many hangings that took place at Reading over the years, including that of Trooper Charles Thomas Wooldridge the 'C. T. W.' of Wilde's ballad; lists the chain of events that

Title Poems with The Ballad of Reading Gaol Reviews
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-09
Category
Total Pages 842
ISBN 9390228476
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile in Berneval-le-Grand, after his release from Reading Gaol on 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading after being convicted of gross indecency with other men in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison. During his imprisonment, on Tuesday, 7 July 1896, a hanging took place. Charles Thomas Wooldridge had been a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards. He was convicted of cutting the throat of his wife, Laura Ellen, earlier that year at Clewer, near Windsor. He was aged 30 when executed. Wilde entered prison on 25 March 1895, sentenced to two years' hard labour-a punishment that was considered more severe than mere penal servitude. He was first sent, briefly, to Newgate Prison for initial processing, and the next week was moved to Pentonville prison, where "hard labour" consisted of many hours of pointless effort in walking a treadmill or picking oakum (separating the fibres in scraps of old navy ropes), and allowed to read only the Bible and The Pilgrim's Progress. Prisoners were not allowed to speak to each other, and, out of their solitary cells, were required to wear a cap with a sort of thick veil so they would not be recognised by other prisoners. A few months later he was moved to Wandsworth Prison, which had a similar regimen. While he was there, he was required to declare bankruptcy, by which he lost virtually all his possessions including his books and manuscripts. On 23 November 1895 he was again moved, to the prison at Reading, which also had similar rules, where he spent the remainder of his sentence, and was assigned the third cell on the third floor of C ward-and thereafter addressed and identified only as "C.3.3.". Prisoners were identified only by their cell numbers and not by name.

Title Poems with The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Independently Published
Release Date 2020-10-13
Category
Total Pages 242
ISBN 9798696557458
Language English, Spanish, and French
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To drift with every passion till my soulIs a stringed lute on which all winds can play, Is it for this that I have given awayMine ancient wisdom, and austere control?Methinks my life is a twice-written scrollScrawled over on some boyish holidayWith idle songs for pipe and virelay, Which do but mar the secret of the whole.Surely there was a time I might have trodThe sunlit heights, and from life's dissonanceStruck one clear chord to reach the ears of God: Is that time dead? lo! with a little rodI did but touch the honey of romance-And must I lose a soul's inheritan

Poems by Oscar Wilde

Title Poems
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1909
Category English poetry
Total Pages 320
ISBN OCLC:22247848
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Ballad of Reading Gaol The Duchess of Padua
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-09
Category
Total Pages 238
ISBN 9390230179
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile in Berneval-le-Grand, after his release from Reading Gaol on 19 May 1897. The Duchess of Padua is a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a five-act melodramatic tragedy set in Padua and written in blank verse. It was written for the actress Mary Anderson in early 1883 while in Paris.

Ballad Of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde

Title Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date 2017-09-10
Category
Total Pages 42
ISBN 1976246253
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1895, Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard labor as punishment for having engaged in homosexual acts. While serving out his sentence at Reading Gaol in Berkshire, Wilde witnessed the execution by hanging of a young soldier who had murdered his wife by slashing her throat. Profoundly shaken by the execution and the crime that preceded it, Wilde composed this elegiac poem centered on the haunting refrain, "Yet each man kills the thing he loves."

Title De Profundis the Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Serenity Publishers, LLC
Release Date 2009-06-01
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 106
ISBN 1604507101
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Oscar Wilde is considered one of the most brillilant and controversial social and literary figures of all time. Wilde's prison writings include his most celebrated essay DE PROFUNDIS, written to Lord Alfred Douglas, and his legendary epic poem THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL.

Title The Ballad of Reading Gaol The Duchess of Padua The Importance of Being Earnest
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-09
Category
Total Pages 316
ISBN 9390208882
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile in Berneval-le-Grand, after his release from Reading Gaol on 19 May 1897. The Duchess of Padua is a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a five-act melodramatic tragedy set in Padua. The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde.

Title Shorter Prose Pieces The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-09
Category
Total Pages 124
ISBN 9390230543
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile in Berneval-le-Grand, after his release from Reading Gaol on 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading after being convicted of gross indecency with other men in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison. During his imprisonment, on Tuesday, 7 July 1896, a hanging took place. Charles Thomas Wooldridge had been a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards. He was convicted of cutting the throat of his wife, Laura Ellen, earlier that year at Clewer, near Windsor. He was aged 30 when executed. Wilde wrote the poem in mid-1897 while staying with Robert Ross in Berneval-le-Grand. The poem narrates the execution of Wooldridge; it moves from an objective story-telling to symbolic identification with the prisoners as a whole. No attempt is made to assess the justice of the laws which convicted them, but rather the poem highlights the brutalisation of the punishment that all convicts share. Wilde juxtaposes the executed man and himself with the line "Yet each man kills the thing he loves". Wilde too was separated from his wife and sons. He adopted the proletarian ballad form, and suggested it be published in Reynold's Magazine, "because it circulates widely among the criminal classes - to which I now belong - for once I will be read by my peers - a new experience for me". Wilde entered prison on 25 March 1895, sentenced to two years' hard labour-a punishment that was considered more severe than mere penal servitude. He was first sent, briefly, to Newgate Prison for initial processing, and the next week was moved to Pentonville prison, where "hard labour" consisted of many hours of pointless effort in walking a treadmill or picking oakum (separating the fibres in scraps of old navy ropes), and allowed to read only the Bible and The Pilgrim's Progress. Prisoners were not allowed to speak to each other, and, out of their solitary cells, were required to wear a cap with a sort of thick veil so they would not be recognised by other prisoners. A few months later he was moved to Wandsworth Prison, which had a similar regimen. While he was there, he was required to declare bankruptcy, by which he lost virtually all his possessions including his books and manuscripts. On 23 November 1895 he was again moved, to the prison at Reading, which also had similar rules, where he spent the remainder of his sentence, and was assigned the third cell on the third floor of C ward-and thereafter addressed and identified only as "C.3.3.". Prisoners were identified only by their cell numbers and not by name. About five months after Wilde arrived at Reading Gaol, Charles Thomas Wooldridge, a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards, was brought to Reading to await his trial for murdering his common-law wife (and promptly presenting himself and confessing to a policeman) on 29 March 1896; on 17 June, Wooldridge was sentenced to death and returned to Reading for his execution, which took place on Tuesday, 7 July 1896-the first hanging at Reading in 18 years. Wilde was released from prison on 18 May 1897 and he promptly went to France, never returning to Britain. He died in Paris, at the age of 46, on 30 November 1900.

Title Ballad of Reading Gaol Webster s Chinese Traditional Thesaurus Edition
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher ICON Group International
Release Date 2009-01-02
Category
Total Pages 66
ISBN 0546399193
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Webster's edition of this classic is organized to expose the reader to a maximum number of difficult and potentially ambiguous English words. Rare or idiosyncratic words and expressions are given lower priority compared to "difficult, yet commonly used" words. Rather than supply a single translation, many words are translated for a variety of meanings in Chinese Traditional, allowing readers to better grasp the ambiguity of English, and avoid using the notes as a pure translation crutch. Having the reader decipher a word's meaning within context serves to improve vocabulary retention and understanding. Each page covers words not already highlighted on previous pages. If a difficult word is not translated on a page, chances are that it has been translated on a previous page.

De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

Title De Profundis
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Wordsworth Editions
Release Date 1999
Category Fiction
Total Pages 296
ISBN 1840224010
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Contains De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, The Soul of Man under Socialism, The Decay of Lying and The Critic as Artist.

Title Miscellanies Poems with The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-09
Category
Total Pages 580
ISBN 9390230489
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile in Berneval-le-Grand, after his release from Reading Gaol (/rɛ.dɪŋ.dʒeɪl/) on 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading after being convicted of gross indecency with other men in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison. During his imprisonment, on Tuesday, 7 July 1896, a hanging took place. Charles Thomas Wooldridge had been a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards. He was convicted of cutting the throat of his wife, Laura Ellen, earlier that year at Clewer, near Windsor. He was aged 30 when executed.

Title Selected Poems of Oscar Wilde Including The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1919
Category Electronic books
Total Pages 163
ISBN UCBK:C053285265
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This important volume is a collection of Wilde's poems from his earliest to latest works, complete with a prefatory note from his literary executor Robert Ross.