The Picture of Dorian Gray
With an Introduction and Notes by John M.L. Drew, University of Buckingham.
Wilde's only novel, first published in 1890, is a brilliantly designed puzzle, intended to tease conventional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art, life, and consequence. From its provocative Preface, challenging the reader to believe in 'art for art's sake', to its sensational conclusion, the story self-consciously experiments with the notion of sin as an element of design.
Yet Wilde himself underestimated the consequences of his experiment, and its capacity to outrage the Victorian establishment. Its words returned to haunt him in his court appearances in 1895, and he later recalled the 'note of doom' which runs like 'a purple thread' through its carefully crafted prose.
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A painter painted the portrait of Dorian Gray.Dorian is especially young and beautiful.But he become to love himself too much.He envy his own portrait and wish the horrible thing... I was frightened ... Read full review
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I'm not sure I have the right edition. In any event, the radio version I listened to was very well done. I had no trouble following which character was speaking because of a judicious use of narrators ... Read full review
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