De Profundis

By Oscar Wilde.

Abridged by Robert Forrest.

Wilde's letter to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, written from Reading Gaol.

Read by Simon Russell Beale.

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AR012005051620101206 (BBC7)

By Oscar Wilde.

Abridged by Robert Forrest.

Wilde's letter to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, written from Reading Gaol.

Read by Simon Russell Beale.

De Profundis is an account of Douglas and Wilde's shared life together, a life which ultimately brought about Wilde's penury and ruin.

At times a vitriolic indictment of Douglas' behaviour, it is also a profound meditation on human suffering and a testament to Wilde's enduring attachment to his young Narcissus.

Simon Russell Beale reads the remarkable letter from Wilde to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, while in Reading Gaol in 1897.

Simon Russell Beale reads the remarkable letter from Wilde to his lover Lord Douglas.

AR022005051720101207 (BBC7)

Oscar reminds Douglas of how he nursed him during a period of illness at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, and how the same favour was not returned when Oscar fell ill just a week later.

The jailed playwright tells lover Lord Alfred how his loving care is not reciprocated.

Letter read by Simon Russell Beale.

AR032005051820101208 (BBC7)

Oscar recalls the absurdity of his libel action against the Marquess of Queensbury which propelled him into the dock himself.

The playwright recounts how he ended up in Reading Gaol to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas.

Read by Simon Russell Beale.

AR042005051920101209 (BBC7)

Wilde contemplates the redemption that lies within suffering.

Writing to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, the playwright muses on Christ, suffering and humility.

Read by Simon Russell Beale.

Writing to his lover Lord Douglas, the playwright muses on Christ, suffering and humility.

AR05 LAST2005052020101210 (BBC7)

Wilde delivers his final wounding blow, with love.

'Shallowness is the ultimate vice' - Simon Russell Beale concludes the jailed playwright's letter to lover Lord Alfred Douglas.

Simon Russell Beale concludes the playwright's letter to lover Lord Alfred Douglas.