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The Soul Of Man

By Wilde, Oscar




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The Soul of Man [under Socialism]

Wilde, Oscar

London: privately printed [at the Chiswick Press, for Arthur L. Humphreys], 1895. First edition, one of 50 copies. [4], 98, [2] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Full morocco in arts & crafts style for Hatchard's, ruled in gilt, with leafy cornerpieces to inner borders, upper cover and spine titled in gilt, a.e.g. Small split at front joint, otherwise fine. First edition, one of 50 copies. [4], 98, [2] pp. 1 vols. 4to. One of 50 copies, with an ALS of Haldane to Robert Ross. One of only 50 copies of the first edition in book form, in a choice binding, and with a pair of LETTERS of RICHARD BURDON HALDANE and PRIME MINISTER ARTHUR BALFOUR to ROBERT ROSS, thanking him for the gift of a copy of the book. Haldane (1856-1928) was the Liberal MP who, as a member of a committee on prison reform, visited Wilde in Pentonville prison in June 1895 and arranged for him to receive books during his incarceration. He maintained that "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" was written partly at the impetus of his suggestion, an assertion he repeats in this remarkable letter to Ross, whose friendship famously helped sustain Wilde during his incarceration, and who later became his literary executor and posthumous publisher. Dated 30 June 1912, Haldane's letter, headed Private, reads, "Dear Mr. Ross, Thank you for your gift of 'The Soul of Man.' It brings vividly back to me the remarkable man who wrote it, & his great gift. I recall ... the final talk I had with him while he was still in Wandsworth prison & in great anguish. The 'Ballad of Reading Gaol' followed, & I sometimes think he wrote it, partly at least in fulfilment of a promise to me that he would turn his bitter experience to the account of his art, & to write something larger in its outlook than before. You have been very loyal to his memory...." This copy also retains a letter signed of Arthur Balfour (1848-1930), who served as Prime Minister 1902-1905. He was Leader of the House of Commons at the time of Wilde's trial and he remarked, on reviewing the details of Wilde's failed libel case, that Wilde was "certain to be condemned" (Pearce p 328). His letter, dated June 26, 1912 and marked "Dictated" (but signed by Balfour), thanks Ross for the the copy of Wilde's Essay, and remarks, "I had not previously read it." This copy is bound in the arts & crafts style for Hatchard's Bookstore, which was managed by Arthur L. Humphreys, Wilde's friend and the publisher of this edition. A new edition of The Soul of Man Under Socialism, with a preface by Robert Ross, appeared in 1912, also published by Humphreys; no doubt the letters refer to copies of this edition sent to the men by Ross. Wilde's seminal essay in social criticism has been called "perhaps the most memorable and certainly the most aesthetic statement of anarchist theory in the English language" (ODNB). It was originally published in the Fortnightly Review in February 1891 under its full title, "The Soul of Man Under Socialism." A REMARKABLE ASSOCIATION COPY. Mason 367

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The Soul of Man

Wilde, Oscar

London: Arthur L. Humphreys 1907. 8vo. 90 pp. First edition thus, trade edition. Previously privately printed in a limited edition and in the 'Fortnightly Review.' Original elaborately gilt-decorated green cloth. Top edge gilt. Early ink owner's name to front endpaper. Gilt bright. Internally clean. In VG to Near Fine condition. Mason 368. . Very Good. Gilt Decorated Cloth. First Edition Thus. 1907.

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The Soul Of Man

Oscar Wilde

2012-05-13. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Soul of Man

Oscar Wilde

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The Soul of Man.

WILDE, Oscar.

Arthur L. Humphreys, London. 1909. Second impression. Small, slim 8vo. Green decorated cloth, beautifully decorated in gilt to spine and upper board. Head and tail of spine are slightly rubbed and worn and rear board is a little soiled. Ownership signatures to front endpapers which are a little browned, pages roughly trimmed and slightly browned at margins o/w contents clean and sound overall.

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THE SOUL OF MAN.

Wilde, Oscar

London Arthur L. Humphreys 1.

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The Soul of Man

Oscar Wilde

Aegypan, 2006-06-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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The Soul of Man

Oscar Wilde

Aegypan, 2006-06-01. Hardcover. Good.

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The Soul of Man - Select Passages

Wilde, Oscar

London: A. L. Humphreys, 1914. Original Wraps. Good. Original illustrated wraps. c.1914. 12mo. 16pp. Illus. Good. Moderate to heavy soil / tanning to wraps, occasional pencil marks to wraps and contents, rear corner of wraps creased.

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The Soul of Man

Oscar Wilde

Purple hardback with gold colored title and decorations. Gilding on top edge can just barely still be seen. Pages on right and bottom edge are not even. Edges of book cover and spine is worn in places. Green book mark still attached. Writing inside front cover and on a few pages more writing can be seen in pencil. Some pages discolored. 91 pages of text total. A book review from Wikipedia states: "The Soul of Man under Socialism" is an 1891 essay by Oscar Wilde in which he expounds a libertarian socialist worldview and a critique of charity.[1] The writing of "The Soul of Man" followed Wilde's conversion to anarchist philosophy, following his reading of the works of Peter Kropotkin.[2] In "The Soul of Man" Wilde argues that, under capitalism, "the majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism—are forced, indeed, so to spoil them": instead of realising their true talents, they waste their time solving the social problems caused by capitalism, without taking their common cause away. Thus, caring people "seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see in poverty but their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it" because, as Wilde puts it, "the proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible."

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The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde, Fiction, Literary

Wilde, Oscar

Aegypan. Hardcover. 1598182714 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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The Soul of Man

Oscar Wilde

Aegypan, 2006-07-01. Paperback. Good.

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The Soul of Man

Oscar Wilde

Aegypan, 2006-07-01. Paperback. Used:Good.

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