The Picture of Dorian Gray
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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides
 
Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

Title:The Picture of Dorian Gray
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0375751513
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:254 pages

    The Picture of Dorian Gray Reviews

  • Stephen
    Mar 15, 2010

    Arguably literature's greatest study of shallowness, vanity, casual cruelty and hedonistic selfishness, Wilde lays it down here with ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!! This was my first experience in reading Osca...

  • Paula
    Feb 10, 2008

    This book reminded me why I hate classics.Like Frankenstein, it starts out with a great premise: what if a portrait bore the brunt of age and sin, while the person remained in the flush of youth? How ...

  • Scoobs
    Oct 02, 2007

    Oh Dorian. Oh Dorian.When I first read this book in the fruitless years of my youth I was excited, overwhelmed and a blank slate (as Dorian is, upon his first encounter with Lord Henry) easily molded,...

  • Barry Pierce
    Feb 06, 2014

    So I read all of Wilde's plays a couple of years ago but for some reason I never read this at the time. This is probably the number one most requested book for me to read. So I read it. Are ya happy n...

  • Emily May
    Aug 15, 2012

    "The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit thi...

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    Jan 16, 2009

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a hard book to review. After reading such eloquent, beautiful, and rich writing, I am at a loss for how to command my comparatively paltry ability to use words to express...

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jun 17, 2014

    I finished reading this last night, and afterwards I spent an entire hour staring into space so I could contemplate over the majesty of this work. It left me speechless. This book is exquisite; it is ...

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    Oct 09, 2014

    خلاصة الرواية في :" جمال الصورة و فساد الروح "حيث يمكن في كثير من الأحيان أن يكون الإنسان جميل من الخارج لكنه مت...

  • Trevor
    Mar 23, 2008

    This is another of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and kept putting off. Although I’ve a particularly good reason for putting this one off, as a very good friend of mine, who died a...

  • Ana
    Nov 02, 2015

    “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” This book is dark unicorns and rainbows. It's chocolate ice cream with cherries on top. It's a pizza with everything on...