The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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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
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ISBN : 0375751513
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 254 pages


Reviews


Stephen rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2013

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 Oscar Wilde and the man’s gift for prose and dialogue is magical. This story read somewhat like a dar...


Paula rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 04, 2013

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 would that person feel as they watched a constant reminder of their true nature develop? And like...


Scoobs rated it ★★★★★

July 21, 2008

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, persuaded, influenced, etc. Certain Wildisms (Wildeisms?) would take my breath away. Would become...


Barry rated it ★★★★☆

June 29, 2015

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 now!? ARE YA!? I really rather enjoyed this. Well, obviously. I mean, did you honestly think I wasn...


Emily May rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2015

"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 this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul." And so begins t...


Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★★

March 28, 2016

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 an investigation into the human soul, the power of vanity and the problems of living a life with...


Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) rated it ★★★★★

October 06, 2010

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 how I felt about this book. Forgive me as I go back to AP English for a few moments. I asked myse...


Ana rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2017

“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 it. It's a fluffy kitten. It's ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day. It is absolutely marvellous. I...


Trevor rated it ★★★★☆

March 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 couple of years ago, spoke to me about this book and I was worried that might make it hard to read f...


Huda rated it ★★★★★

August 27, 2017

ما هو أبشع كابوس تخيلته في حياتك؟ ما الذي تراه أصعب شيء يمكن أن تتعرض له ماذا لو استطعت تجميع كل خطاياك و تخبئتها في مكان سري لا يعلمه سواك ماذا لو استطعت أن تنفض يدك عن أي جريمة ارتكبت وأي شر اقترفت ماذا لو استطعت تحقيق المستحيل وضمنت الخلود..؟؟ وماذا لو كان ذلك المكان السري هو وجهك الذي نحته فيلسوف فن...





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