The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Oscar Wilde wrote his dark ballad, which describes the execution of a prisoner and the effect it has on the other prisoners, after his release from Reading Gaol. Numerous publishers have produced editions over the years, including Reading’s own local publisher, Two Rivers Press. It was one of Peter Hay’s images from this that Sally Castle used as the basis for our Save Reading Gaol logo.

From The Ballad of Reading Gaol
The cover of the latest Two Rivers Press edition