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The Picture of Dorain Gray (Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Press Series)

by Oscar Wilde
     
 

Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, first appeared in 1891. Dorian Gray, a handsome young man, falls in with a group of friends, whose amoral philosophies he finds quite appealing. After he has his portrait painted, his frivolity and general demeanor degenerate into wickedness, but only the portrait bears the effects of his descent into decadence

Overview

Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, first appeared in 1891. Dorian Gray, a handsome young man, falls in with a group of friends, whose amoral philosophies he finds quite appealing. After he has his portrait painted, his frivolity and general demeanor degenerate into wickedness, but only the portrait bears the effects of his descent into decadence and serves as a powerful symbol of Gray's internal ruin. Dorian himself, however, remains as young and unspoiled as the day he first sat for the painting.

Wilde's exploration of life without limits or consequences shocked its late-Victorian audience and remains highly unsettling to modern readers. We, like Dorian, are forced to reconsider whether total freedom and absolute knowledge are really worth their costs.

This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader's notes to help the modern reader contend with Wilde's many allusions and his complex approach to the human condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580493932
Publisher:
Prestwick House, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Press
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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