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De Profundis and Other Writings (Penguin English Library) Reprint Edition
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I came to this book by way of the Wikipedia entry on Wilde, which I consulted after reading his "The Picture of Dorian Gray". I was most intrigued to learn that he had written a long, searching letter while in prison, and was eager to read it. What were the thoughts and feelings of this perceptive man, who had undergone such a severe reversal of fortune?
I was to learn those things, but, being the kind of reader I am, I started this collection of works at the beginning, with Wilde's 1891 essay, "The Soul of Man Under Socialism." Knowing nothing much about Oscar Wilde, I didn't know that he had written about socialism, and was most surprised to discover that he looked forward to the arrival of socialist society as bringing a great advance in individual liberty and personal fulfillment. He regarded the mundane tasks of economic life as dehumanizing, and therefore they were appropriately to be taken on by the state, that its citizens might then enjoy more leisure, which is a prerequisite for civilized life. And how would the state be able to keep its citizens on a living dole? That is, who would be doing all that dehumanizing work? His answer was simple and prescient: machines. The right person to do dehumanizing work is a nonhuman. In this, Wilde was anticipating such thinkers as Adler and Kelso, who also, in their 1958 book "The Capitalist Manifesto," advocate a society whose citizens have been emancipated from toil.Read more ›
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I love Oscar Wilde. i bought this book as a gift. I hope to find time to reread it before the birthday arrives.Published 11 months ago by Eileen Sheehan
never did like the posture but another 1 got flayed because the sun in the west was away to an early bird catchin anotherPublished on September 13, 2013 by gcd