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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Collection Data

Oscar Wilde wrote "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" following his release from imprisonment on a charge of gross indecency. Written in the form of a folk ballad, the poem critiques capital punishment and the dehumanization of prisoners.
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1898
Place: London
Publisher: L. Smithers
Edition: 5th ed.
Library locations
Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
Shelf locator: Berg Coll Wilde
presentation copies
Version identification: Copy 1
Version identification: Presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Major J.O. Nelson.
Physical Description
Extent: 31 leaves ; 23 cm.
Type of Resource
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ece291e0-149f-0134-487d-00505686a51c
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