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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Description

Dorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his corrupt lifestyle and untouched by age. But up in his attic, hidden behind a curtain, his portrait tells a different story.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 04, 2011 – First published in 1890 in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine and the following year in novel form, The Picture of Dorian Gray categorically changed Victorian Britain and the landscape of literature. An ostentatious, self-confessed aesthete, known for his wit and intellect, Wilde not only had to endure his prose being labeled "poisonous" and "vulgar," but also suffer its use as evidence in the ensuing trial, resulting in his eventual imprisonment for crimes of "gross indecency." Frankel's introduction provides a deft preliminary analysis of the novel itself exploring etymology and extensive editorial alterations (both accidental and deliberate) and offers valuable insight into the socio-cultural juxtaposition of aristocratic Victorian society and the London underworld. The original typescript provides the unique opportunity to examine what was considered acceptable in both the US and UK at the time. Intriguing annotations allude to Wilde's influences and enterprising range of reference, incorporating art, poetry, literature, Greek mythology, philosophy, and fashion (certain to inspire further reading; an appendix is provided). Comparisons are drawn between Dorian Gray and Wilde's other literary output, as well as to the work of Walter Pater. Numerous illustrations subtly compliment Frankel s inferences. A fine contextualization of a major work of fiction profoundly interpreted, ultimately riveting.

Customer Reviews

Entertaining and thought-provoking

I recommend. Not too long a read and there are slow parts, but even if you dpnt always like classics this has some page-turning moments. I recommend the cliff notes to fully appreciate it.

Dark, mystifying, and beautiful

This novel is truly dark with heavy themes and deep issues. I enjoyed it immensely, Wilde's narrative was truly compelling, and the characters were original. Witty dialogue helped keep the story lively, and almost comic at times. A great classic, but one that needs to be read with discernment lest the reader be enticed by the darkness in beauty and shallowness of pleasure. A great deal can be learned from this book if you choose to ponder it.

Great book! A must read!

Still stands the test of time. A little slow in the beginning, but once you are in it you can't put it down. What a lesson in vanity and morality. As one can never escape their sins completely

The Picture of Dorian Gray
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  • Category: Paranormal
  • Published: Jan 01, 1890
  • Publisher: Public Domain
  • Seller: Public Domain
  • Print Length: 326 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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