Oscar Wilde: The Ballad of Reading Gaol

The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde. Illustrations by Peter Hay
Two Rivers Press

A powerfully-illustrated edition of Oscar Wilde’s classic poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, written in self-imposed exile in France in 1898. An indictment of the prison system and the death penalty, the poem’s ‘hellish truthfulness’ is an anguished plea for prison reform and a passionate expression of sympathy for his fellow prisoners.