Tagged: Letters

Oscar Wilde: De Profundis. 1897

“De Profundis” is a letter written by Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) in 1897, during his two-year imprisonment for the crime of “gross indecency with other men.” He had been in an intimate relationship with a young aristocratic man, whose father decided to accuse  Oscar Wilde of sodomy. Wilde lost the ensuing lawsuit for libel and was subsequently arrested and tried for indecent sexual acts, based on testimony from several young male prostitutes. Here are some excerpts from the text:  . . . Suffering is one very long moment.  We cannot divide it by seasons.  We can only record its moods, and...