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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,064 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: SIR Donald Sinden Publisher: Whiteroom Music Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile, either in Berneval or Dieppe, France, after his release from Reading Gaol on or about the 19th of May 1897. During his imprisonment, a hanging took place. This had a profound effect on Wilde, inspiring the famous line we all are guilty of killing the thing we love.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Black | 12/2/2013

    " Ehhhh not Wilde's best. I don't think I read any but the titular poem in this collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heba Naseem | 11/29/2013

    " i loved the ballad of reading gaol.. those within are maybe as ruthless as those that guard the cells. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake Cooper | 11/23/2013

    " I adore Oscar Wilde, so I was disappointed to find that, as far as poetry goes, I'm afraid he's a one-hit wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Rubano | 10/22/2013

    " love this poem "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Rosas | 9/1/2013

    " What all poets should strive for...simplicity, beauty, and a seamless flow of words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 7/26/2013

    " Will always be one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 5/24/2013

    " I reccomend reading it out loud, with a group of friends, outside in a grassy area. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Hirose | 5/18/2013

    " I reread The Ballad of Reading Gaol probably once a month! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/1/2013

    " My parents have a first edition of this, and as a child I used to (very carefully) page through it, wondering what a "gaol" was, and being thoroughly spooked by the contents. It was the first time I tried to read something that was over my head: the older I got, the darker it became. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 10/10/2012

    " I chose to memorize this and read it in 7th grade English Class because I loved it so much. Boy did I screw it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/23/2012

    " Le style de Wilde est incomparable. Un vrai bonheur. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 8/20/2012

    " When I think of Oscar Wilde, I think first of his plays, rather forgetting he wrote some marvelous poetry. Make his acquaintance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/25/2012

    " Of course, he's on my list of Irish authors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate O'Mara | 10/31/2011

    " Poetry speaks of the poet's heart "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snufkin | 10/13/2011

    " Wilde is a real enchanter, and his poetry is full of beauty. Even the most painful sensations are expressed so melodiously, he manages to create wonder in ever line... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine Binie | 2/21/2011

    " Great engaging poetry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wally | 2/2/2011

    " Wilde said somewhere, "Great tragedies in life lead to great tragedies in art," and this poem certainly proves it. But it still makes me cry every time I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettie | 12/17/2010

    " Powerful poem about hanging - as inspired by a fellow inmate in prison. Introduced by Roger McGough and read by Sam West. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/13/2010

    " This book of Poetry is great. A little out there but great. The title poem is my favorite. Each poem is thought provoking and shows just how twisted yet brilliant Oscar Wildes mind is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/8/2010

    " love the ballad! "

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About the Author
Author Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin. He won scholarships to both Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by the radical aesthetics of Walter Pater. Flamboyant wit and man-about-town, Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. After publishing two volumes of short stories between 1887 and 1891, his social-comedy plays such as Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest established his critical and commercial success. In 1895 Wilde was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for homosexual conduct and died in Paris in obscurity a few years after his release.