The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose
by Oscar Wilde
Illuminating essays on philosophy, literature, society, and art by one of Ireland’s greatest wits
Oscar Wilde—witty raconteur, flamboyant hedonist, and self-destructive lover—is most familiar as the author of brilliant comedies, including The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, and the decadent novelThe Picture of Dorian Gray. This selection of critical writings reveals a different side of the great writer—the deep and serious reader of literature and philosophy, and the eloquent and original thinker about society and art. This illuminating collection includes “The Portrait of Mr. W. H.,” “In Defense of Dorian Gray,” reviews, and the writings fromIntentions (1891), including “The Decay of Lying,” “Pen, Pencil, Poison,” and “The Critic as Artist.”
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