The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Castle Press, 1948, Hardback.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: This ballad, which is at the same time a personal confession of the deepest sincerity, reveals a completely new facet of Wildes character. He is here far removed from the world of flippant and frivolous social comedy. His prison experiences brought him into contact with a world so different and so at variance with his former life that he might have been expected to hold himself entirely aloof. But, on the contrary, Wilde was filled with compassion for his fellow-prisoners each in his separate hell and with indignation at the system of punishment and particularly capital punishment.
Both this personal aspect of the poem and its artistic qualities are emphasized and given fresh meaning in the black and
white drawings of Arthur Wragg. In intimate liaison with the text, they express the same intense pity for human suffering, tempered by a concern for what is also beautiful. This union of style and deep feeling has produced a series of drawings that will be treasured by all lovers of art and all connoisseurs of Wilde.
Arthur Wragg has also contributed an introduction dealing with the origin of the poem. His account is based on contemporary records and includes a description of a recent visit to Wildes cell at Reading Gaol.
The Ballad Of Reading Gaol is the Second Volume in the Castle Press Edition of the Works of Oscar Wilde.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with a little loss at the tail of the spine and the foot of the lower panel with nicks and chips elsewhere. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Green boards with Gilt on Blue Title Plate titling to the Spine.
[VI] 93 [III] pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Poetry category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…