In praise of disobedience
'In Praise of Disobedience' draws on works from a single miraculous year in which Oscar Wilde published the larger part of his greatest works in prose - the year he came into maturity as an artist. Before the end of 1891, he had written the first of his phenomenally successful plays and met the young man who would win his heart, beginning the love affair that would lead to imprisonment and public infamy. In a witty introduction, playwright, novelist and Wilde scholar Neil Bartlett explains what made this point in the writer's life central to his genius and why Wilde remains a provocative and radical figure to this day. Included here are the entirety of Wilde's foray into political philosophy, 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism,' the complete essay collection 'Intentions', selections from 'The Portrait of Dorian Gray' as well as its paradoxical and scandalous preface.