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  • Published: 24 July 1998
  • ISBN: 9780375751516
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $15.99

The Picture of Dorian Gray




Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty isone of his most popular works.

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. Writtenin Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, this tale of Dorian Gray's moraldisintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. Wilde was attacked for his decadence and corruptinginfluence. He responded that, while he was "quite incapable of understanding how a work of art can be criticized from a moral standpoint.'there is, in fact, "a terrible moral in DORIAN GRAY."A few years later the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexualliaisons, trials that resulted in his imprisonment. Of the book's value as autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, "Basil Hallward is what Ithink I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be-in other ages, perhaps."

  • Published: 24 July 1998
  • ISBN: 9780375751516
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $15.99

About the author

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. He then lived in London and married Constance Lloyd in 1884. Wilde was a leader of the Aesthetic Movement. He became famous because of the immense success of his plays such as Lady Windemere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890 but was revised in 1891 after moralistic negative reviews.

After a public scandal involving Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, he was sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol for 'gross indecency'. His poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol was published anonymously in 1898. Wilde never lived in England again and died at the age of forty-six in Paris on 30 November 1900. He is buried in Père Lachaise cemetery where admirers often leave the lipstick marks of kisses on his tomb.

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Praise for The Picture of Dorian Gray

His wit is an agent of renewal." -Richard Ellmann

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