New York: G. P. Putnam's, 1905. Second printing. 12 mo, original gray paper boards over blue cloth spine, paper spine label, top edge gilt, uncut. Very slight toning to spine. About-fine. Item #162
'IT IS MAN'S SOUL THAT CHRIST IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR. HE CALLS IT 'GOD'S KINGDOM,' AND FINDS IT IN EVERY ONE" Second American printing of Wilde's posthumous apologia, published just one month after the first printing. In early 1895, at the height of his success, Wilde sued the Marquis of Queensbury for libel, setting off a chain of events that led to Wilde's own conviction of gross indecency. Wilde was sentenced to two year's hard labor and imprisoned from May, 1895 to May, 1897. While in prison, Wilde wrote a lengthy letter to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, examining their relationship and describing his own spiritual journey in confinement. Upon his release, Wilde left for France where he composed the long poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, in 1898. He never returned to Britain or Ireland. In November of 1900, after years of fascination with the mysteries and rituals of the Church, Wilde finally converted on his deathbed in Paris and died a Catholic. Ironically, the Marquis of Queensbury made a similar deathbed conversion in the same year and his son, Lord Alfred Douglas, later also converted to the Church (in 1911). With frontispiece portrait of Wilde by J.E. Kelly, sketched during Wilde's American tour in 1882, and a Preface by Robert Ross. First published in London, also in 1905, by Methuen & Co.