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The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde

Horror and supernatural fiction Literary Fiction Sharing Diverse Voices

The Picture of Dorian Gray Synopsis

Oscar Wilde's alluring novel of decadence and sin was a succes de scandale on publication. It follows Dorian Gray who, enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, 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 depravity. This definitive edition includes a selection of contemporary reviews condemning the novel's immorality.

Edited with an Introduction and notes by ROBERT MIGHALL

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780141439570
Publication date: 30th January 2003
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
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Oscar Wilde Press Reviews

'A triumph of execution ... one of the best narratives of the double life of a Victorian gentleman' Peter Ackroyd

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About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was an 19th century Irish writer whose works include the play The Importance of Being Earnest and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. He is also one of the Victorian era's most famous dandies, a wit whose good-humored disdain for convention became less favored after he was jailed for homosexuality. Wilde grew up in a prosperous family and distinguished himself at Dublin's Trinity College and London's Oxford. He published his first volume of poems in 1881 and found work in England as a critic and lecturer, but it was his socializing (and self-promotion) that made him famous, even ...

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