The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Modern Library, 1998 - Fiction - 254 pages
Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. Wilde was attacked for his decadence and corrupting influence, and a few years later the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, trials that resulted in his imprisonment. Of the book's value as 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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I really don't get the hype on this book, it really wasn't that great. I had to force myself to read it all the way through and really, the movies make more of it than it really is, you know the one League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I was all, excited to read all about Dorian Gray after watching that movie and then after reading it, I wonder how they even came up with something to begin with... 

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my review didn't post??? anyway, I'm pretty sure all it said was "THAT. ENDING." You didn't miss out on much Read full review



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Jeffrey Eugenides is the award-winning author of The Virgin Suicides; Middlesex, which won a Pulitzer Prize; and The Marriage Plot. Originally from Michigan, and educated at Brown University, he now lives in Berlin with his wife.

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