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The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde




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2019 Reprint of 1891 Edition. Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty. Hallward believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for his new inspiration as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and Dorian is soon enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic world view: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.

Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied amoral experiences while staying young and beautiful; all the while, his portrait ages and records every sin.

This work, Wilde's only novel, is a knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895.

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2019 Reprint of 1891 Edition. Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty. Hallward believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for his new inspiration as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and Dorian is soon enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic world view: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.

Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied amoral experiences while staying young and beautiful; all the while, his portrait ages and records every sin.

This work, Wilde's only novel, is a knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895.



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  • ISBN-13: 9781684223299
  • ISBN-10: 1684223296
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books
  • Publish Date: March 2019
  • Page Count: 172
  • Dimensions: 9.21 x 6.14 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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