National Geographic : 1923 Apr
"I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue That prisoners call the sky.'" - Ballad of Reading Gaol. "The Story of Oscar Wilde"-FREE! This fascinating brochure gives some idea of Wilde's sensational career; it con tains "the most pathetic confession in all literature." You assume no obligation in sending for it. Read below why, for a short period, it is being distributed free. " FEAR I am dying as I lived, beyond my means," said Oscar Wilde, before he passed away. It was Shis last bon mot, so many of which have become famous and it was characteristic of his irrepressible good humor. He died with his name under a cloud, but not before he had written De Profundis, "a work that has no counterpart in English literature";not before he had written The Ballad of Reading Gaol, which critics acclaim As the greatest ballad in the English language; not before he produced what drama tists themselves assert is the wittiest of all English comedies; not before he had written his haunting Picture of Dorian Grey, afterwards translated into seventeen languages; not before he had spun, for adults as well as children, some of the tenderest fairy tales written in all the ages. Never was there such a variegated genius as Oscar Wilde, and certainly never in the history of literature a more sensational career. Wilde's case is parallel with that of Poe, DeMaupassant, Rousseau, Coleridge, DeQuincey, and many other great masters who lived within the shadows, but whose work is immortal. Since.his death, there has been an unceasing and ever-increasing demand for his complete works. In order adequately to meet this demand for Wilde's books among intelligent people, a new edition is in process that possesses two very unusual features. One is the dis tinguished company of famous men who have contributed introductions and fascinating reminiscences of Wilde. To list their names is enough. They are: Richard Le Gal lienne, Padraic Colum, John Drinkwater, Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Richard Butler Glaenzer, Coulson Kernahan, Michael Monahan, W. F. Morse, Walter Pater, John Cowper Powys, Edgar Saltus, Clifford Smyth, Arthur ymons, A. B . Walkley, and William Butler Yeats. The other outstanding feature is that it is to be a Pa tron's Edition-a genuine de luxe inscribed edition. (If you become a patron, in other words, your name will be in scribed on the title page of the first volume of the set you own, in the usual manner of Inscription Editions.) But instead of limiting the purchasers to a few hundred people of wealth, the edition is to be a larger one, and the price will be no greater than that of any standard set. Never before has it been possible to offer a real de luxe edition-at a price easily within the means of any book-lover, no matter how small his income. Will you allow us to send this interesting book "The Story of Oscar Wilde? "It not only gives an insight into Wilde's astonishing career, which one writer has suggested was a case in real life of Jekyll and Hyde; it explains also in detail the nature of this beautiful Patron's Edition. To send for this free book will involve you in positively no obligation; no salesman will call on you; it will be left to your own inclination whether or not you wish to be asso ciated in this unusual enterprise-a truly democratic Patron's Edition. Simply mail the coupon or a letter and the book will be sent immediately. Doubleday, Page & Company Dept. 274, Garden City N. Y. Doubleday, Page & Co., Dept. 274 Garden City, N. Y. Please send, free and postpaid, the little brochure "The Story of Oscar Wilde," and the terms of your new Patron's Edition. It is understood that this request involves me in no obligation whatsoever. N am e........................................... Address ......................................... City ......................... State...............