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The Picture of Dorian Gray Penguin Classics

by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray Penguin Classics Synopsis

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Ben Barnes, star of the film adaptation of Dorian Gray, also known for his roles in Westworld and The Chronicles of Narnia. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Robert Mighall. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray 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 decadence. The novel was a succes de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.

The Picture of Dorian Gray Penguin Classics Press Reviews

Every line that Wilde ever wrote affected me so enormously. -- Morrissey, musician A heady late-Victorian tale of double-living, in which Dorian's fatal, corruptive influence over women and men alike, is suggestively indistinct. -- Sarah Waters, New York Times bestselling author

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241423219
Publication date: 26th September 2019
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: CD-Audio
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He went to Trinity College, Dublin and then to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he began to propagandize the new Aesthetic (or 'Art for Art's Sake') Movement. Despite winning a first and the Newdigate Prize for Poetry, Wilde failed to obtain an Oxford scholarship, and was forced to earn a living by lecturing and writing for periodicals. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884, he tried to establish himself as a writer, but with little initial success. However, his three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince (1888), Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891) ...

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