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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 30/01/2003
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Oscar Wilde's tale of a Faustian pact in Victorian England, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is a both a slow-burning Gothic horror and a brilliant philosophical investigation of youth, beauty and desire. This "Penguin Classics" edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Mighall. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was a succes de scandale. Early readers were shocked by its hints at unspeakable sins, and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb. This definitive edition includes a selection of contemporary reviews condemning the novels immorality, and the introduction to the first "Penguin Classics" edition by Peter Ackroyd. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), son of an eminent eye-surgeon and a nationalist poet, was educated in Dublin and Oxford and became the leading exponent of the new Aesthetic Movement. His work, including short fiction such "The Happy Price" (1888), his novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1891), gradually won him a reputation, which was cemented by his phenomenally successful plays, including "A Woman of No Importance" (1893), "An Ideal Husband" (1895) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1895). Imprisoned for homosexual acts, he died after his release, in exile in Paris. If you enjoyed "The Picture of Dorian Gray", you might like Joris-Karl Huysmans' "Against Nature" ("A Rebours") Wilde's real-life inspiration for the novel that slowly corrupts "Dorian Gray", also available in "Penguin Classics".

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141439570

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I studied this book for my Higher Personal Study and it was great. The character of Dorian Gray is brilliant to study particularly his progression. It is also a wonderful page-turner and Oscar Wilde's writing... More

9th April 2012
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A classic piece of gothic literature, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a chilling tale of greed and vanity that anyone could read and enjoy!

5th April 2012
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“A true classic”

This was my first time reading this book, and i was not disappointed. I loved the whimsical style of writing whilst still managing to maintain extremely deep subject material and a witty, yet thought provoking,... More

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