'A Sonnet out of Skilly'

Oscar Wilde's 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'

in Critical Survey
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One remarkable career may have been launched at an institution in Reading (John Lucas’s, which this volume honours, at the University), but another reached an inglorious end at a different institution there: Oscar Wilde’s in Reading Gaol. Perhaps the arrival of John, a lover of the national sport, is anticipated in Wilde’s line: ‘A cricket cap was on his head’, but there the similarity probably ends.


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