Written by Will Self delivered by Adrian Dunbar
The Soul of Man under Socialism was Wilde’s last essay and is generally regarded as his best; in fact it is often considered one of the greatest essays in the English language. It was prompted by a public meeting Wilde attended, at which the main speaker was George Bernard Shaw; Wilde’s essay is a response to what Shaw said that evening.
In The Socialism of Man’s Soul, Will Self in turn responds to Wilde’s essay by arguing that it’s precisely because of the collaborative nature of consciousness itself that socialism of the kind he envisaged can never be realised.
Will Self is one of the most acclaimed, provocative, challenging and entertaining writers at work today. His books include Umbrella (which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize), Walking to Hollywood and The Book of Dave.
The Socialism of Man’s Soul will be delivered at the festival by tbc
“…I always cleave to what Oscar Wilde said: “When the critics are divided the artist is in accord with himself.” You really want a book to arouse ambivalence, because that way you know it can’t be assimilated (and therefore neutralised) by the evanescent cultural mulch.” – Will Self
The Regal (capacity 250)
Friday May 1, 6.30pm
£8 & £6
duration 60 mins