The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories

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by Oscar Wilde
     
 

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Oscar Wilde's haunting classic of a never-aging man, and his ever-graying portrait, is one of literature's finest examples of gothic horror. With three more Wilde short stories, "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime", "The Happy Prince", "The Birthday of the Infanta" and a new introduction by Gary Schmidgall, author of The Strangest Wilde, this is the finest edition available.

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Oscar Wilde's haunting classic of a never-aging man, and his ever-graying portrait, is one of literature's finest examples of gothic horror. With three more Wilde short stories, "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime", "The Happy Prince", "The Birthday of the Infanta" and a new introduction by Gary Schmidgall, author of The Strangest Wilde, this is the finest edition available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453638569
Publisher:
CreateSpace
Publication date:
06/17/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was an outstanding student of classics at Trinity College, and in 1874, he entered Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize with his poem “Ravenna” (1878). An early leader of the Aesthetic Movement, which advanced the concept of “art for art’s sake,” Wilde became a prominent personality in literary and social circles. His volume of fairy tales, The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888), was followed by The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and The House of Pomegranates (1892). However, it was not until his play Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) was presented to the pubic that he became widely famous. A Woman of No Importance (1893) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) confirmed his stature as a dramatist. In 1895, he brought libel action against the Marquis of Queensbury, who had accused him of the crime of sodomy. He lost, however, and was sentenced under the Criminal Law Amendment Act to two years’ imprisonment with hard labor. Upon his release in 1897, he settled in France, where he wrote his most powerful and enduring poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” (1898). Wilde never returned to England; he died in Paris.
 
Gary Schmidgall is the author of such acclaimed titles as The Strange Wilde: Interpreting Oscar and Shakespeare and The Poet’s Life. He is professor of English at Hunter College.
 
Peter Raby has written extensively on modern drama and theater, and is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde. He is emeritus fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge. Among his other books are a biography of Alfred Russel Wallace and Bright Paradise, a study of Victorian scientific travellers.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 16, 1854
Date of Death:
November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dorian Gray, besides being an enjoyable read in the shallowest sense, is much deeper. The story is about a young man who makes a deal with the devil to stay young, while his portrait ages from time and from the physical effect of sin. This opening premise leaves much more for the reader to discover, as I did. The story unfolds slowly and deliberately, the twists of the story are terrible, and unforeseeable until the last moment. The most interesting aspect is it approaches the whole concept of sin and morals in a manner almost opposite to every other book. The characters view sin as something to strive for, pleasure as the only thing to live for. Sin is simply above the petty 'morals' of the age. This point of view will have you constantly re-evaluating yourself in your own spiritual portrait. This book is recommended for anyone who needs to see just how devastating sin can be, and just how wretched one man can get before atonement or damnation befalls him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a true classic. It's a mind blowing story that I highly recommend to everyone. It's a timeless book that is simply amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book truly is a masterpiece in itself. at first i was weary to read believing it was to be a dry read, but luckly i held on and was pulled into this world of realization and it helped me to stand back and take a look at myself. i really want to go into depth about how great this book was, but then i would have to reveal parts of the book, and instead of revealing anything i advise everyone to take a chance on the book, and get ready for a journey that will have you questioning and looking at your own reflection.
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Took me forever to finish...the three stories are good