The Soul of Man

Read by Martin Geeson

(4.5 stars; 104 reviews)

“(T)he past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.”

Published originally as “The Soul of Man Under Socialism,” this is not so much a work of sober political analysis; rather it can be summed up as a rhapsodic manifesto on behalf of the Individual. Socialism having deployed technology to liberate the whole of humanity from soul-destroying labour, the State obligingly withers away to allow the free development of a joyful, anarchic hedonism...

“Is this Utopian? A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.”

Far from abandoning the epigram in favour of the slogan, Wilde wittily assails several of his favourite targets: the misguided purveyors of philanthropy; life-denying ascetics of various kinds; the army of the half-educated who constitute themselves the enemies of Art - and those venal popular journalists who cater to them...

“Behind the barricade there may be much that is noble and heroic. But what is there behind the leading-article but prejudice, stupidity, cant, and twaddle?” (Introduction by Martin Geeson) (2 hr 2 min)


Section 1 20:54 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 2 19:21 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 3 12:39 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 4 23:17 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 5 21:36 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 6 25:02 Read by Martin Geeson


Simply wonderful

(5 stars)

I have yet to find a sequence of words worthy enough to describe such a wonderful work of art. Some day I may find them, but, until then, this review is all I can offer.

thought provoking

(5 stars)

A thought provoking piece on individualism and art as the path to freedom and also commentary on the mindset and institutions that obstruct such freedom. A well read, very interesting listen.

(4.5 stars)

terrific reading by Gleeson. great insight from Wilde. Funny how things never change


(5 stars)

What a gracious gift Oscar Wilde has given to the genius.

My rating doesn't matter

(5 stars)

A piece of art , very individual.

(5 stars)

A wonderful text about a wonderful future utopia!

(5 stars)

wonderful....Oscar Wilde is really my literary GOD...Thankyou.

excellent reader, silly book but entertaining.

(5 stars)