Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: E850003-023

The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Author: Oscar Wilde

Background details and bibliographic information

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Electronic edition compiled by Donnchadh Ó Corráinproofed by Margaret Lantry

Funded by University College Cork.

1. First draft, revised and corrected.

Extent of text: 6270 words


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Distributed by CELT online at University College, Cork, Ireland.
Text ID Number: E850003-23

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There is not as yet an authoritative edition of Wilde's works.


    Select editions
  1. The writings of Oscar Wilde (London; New York: A. R. Keller & Co. 1907) 15 vols. Vol. 1: The Ballad of Reading Gaol, etc.
  2. Robert Ross (ed), The First Collected Edition of the Works of Oscar Wilde (London: Methuen & Co. 1908). 15 vols. Reprinted Dawsons: Pall Mall 1969.
  3. Complete works of Oscar Wilde (Glasgow: HarperCollins, 1994).
    Select editions of The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
  1. The ballad of Reading gaol 1898 (Poole: Woodstock 1995). Facsimile edition of 1898 London publication.
  2. The ballad of Reading gaol (New York: Brentano's 1900).
  3. De profundis, and, The ballad of Reading gaol (Leipzig: B. Tauchnitz 1908). Copyright edition.
    Select bibliography
  1. 'Notes for a bibliography of Oscar Wilde', Books and book-plates (A quarterly for collectors) 5, no. 3 (April 1905), 170-183.
  2. Karl E. Beckson, The Oscar Wilde encyclopedia (New York: AMS Press 1998). AMS Studies in the nineteenth century 18.
  3. Richard Ellmann; John Espey, Oscar Wilde: two approaches: papers read at a Clark Library seminar, April 17, 1976 (Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California 1977).
  4. Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde at Oxford: a lecture delivered at the Library of Congress on March 1, 1983 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress 1984).
  5. Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde: a biography (London: Hamilton 1987).
  6. Juliet Gardiner, Oscar Wilde: a life in letters, writings and wit (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1995).
  7. Frank Harris, Oscar Wilde, including My memories of Oscar Wilde, by George Bernard Shaw and an introductory note by Lyle Blair (London: Robinson, 1992).
  8. Rupert Hart-Davis (ed), Selected letters of Oscar Wilde (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1979).
  9. Rupert Hart-Davis (ed), More letters of Oscar Wilde (London: Murray 1985).
  10. Vyvyan Beresford Holland, Oscar Wilde: a pictorial biography (London: Thames & Hudson 1960).
  11. Abraham Horodisch, Oscar Wilde's Ballad of Reading gaol, a bibliographical study (New York: Aldus Book Co. 1954). 326 copies pubd.
  12. H. Montgomery Hyde, Oscar Wilde: a biography (London: Methuen 1977).
  13. Andrew McDonnell, Oscar Wilde at Oxford: an annotated catalogue of Wilde manuscripts and related items at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, including many hitherto unpublished letters, photographs and illustrations (A. McDonnell 1996). Limited edition of 170 copies.
  14. Stuart Mason, Bibliography of Oscar Wilde (London: E. G. Richards 1907). Also pubd. New York 1908, London 1914 in 2 vols. Repr. of 1914 edition: New York: Haskell House 1972.
  15. E. H. Mikhail, Oscar Wilde: an annotated bibliography of criticism (London: Macmillan 1978). Also pubd. Totowa NJ: Rowman & Littlefield 1978.
  16. Thomas A. Mikolyzk, Oscar Wilde: an annotated bibliography (Westport CT: Greenwood Press 1993). Bibliographies and indexes in world literature, 38.
  17. Norman Page, An Oscar Wilde chronology (London: Macmillan 1991).
  18. Hesketh Pearson, A Life of Oscar Wilde (London 1946).
  19. Richard Pine, The thief of reason: Oscar Wilde and modern Ireland (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1996).
  20. Horst Schroeder, Additions and corrections to Richard Ellmann's Oscar Wilde (Braunschweig: H. Schroeder 1989).
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. C. 3. 3. [Oscar Wilde] First edition, reprinted [vii + 31pp] Leonard SmithersLondon (1899)


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Sampling Declaration

All the text has been retained. Variant readings have not been reproduced in this edition.

Editorial Declaration


Text has been checked, proof-read and parsed using NSGMLS.


The electronic text represents the edited text.


Direct speech is marked q.


The editorial practice of the hard-copy editor has been retained.


div0=the whole text. Metrical lines and quatrains, although not numbered in the printed text, are marked and numbered. div1=the sections of the poem as indicated in the printed text.


Names of places are not tagged. Terms for cultural and social roles are not tagged.

Canonical References

The n attribute of each text in this corpus carries a unique identifying number for the whole text.

The title of the text is held as the first head element within each text.

div0 is reserved for the text (whether in one volume or many).

The numbered quatrains provide a canonical reference.

Profile Description

Created: By Oscar Wilde (1854–1900). (1898)

Use of language

Language: [EN] The text is in English.
Language: [LA] One word is in Latin.

Revision History