Wilde is sent to prison

Wilde began serving his prison sentence on May 25, 1895 in Pentonville Prison. His wife and son changed their last names and fled to Switzerland, and newspapers continued to run stories about Wilde. While in prison, Wilde continued to write. Some of his work written in prison includes "Oscar Wilde on Prison Treatment", exposing the poor conditions of children in prisons, and "De Profundis", a love letter to Alfred Douglas. Following his release from prison, Wilde was poor, ill, and an alcoholic, and he died in 1900.




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25 May 1895

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