The Picture of Dorian Gray (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 28, 2005 - Fiction - 487 pages
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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.”

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Oscar Wilde is easy to read and quite entertaining. - Goodreads
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Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

User Review  - Nash - Goodreads

Oscar Wilde is one of the funniest, most sarcastic writers of all time. He's always been one of my favorites. The Portrait of Dorian Gay is the first novel of his I've read. I knew from reading quotes ... Read full review

Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

User Review  - Erik Simon - Goodreads

Was long overdue to reread this one, and I walk away with three thoughts: 1. I wonder if, after writing the first two or so chapters, Wilde thought there might be no chance in hell he could keep up ... Read full review


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OSCAR WILDE (1854–1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

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