The Picture of Dorian Gray (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY) [NOOK Book]

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The central image of this story is so powerful it has become a metaphor with the power of ancient myth: a man whose portrait grows old while he maintains an unnatural youthfulness - and contains to live a pleasure-centered, amoral life. Despite Wilde's claim that "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." the book has the power of an old-fashioned morality tale.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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Overview

The central image of this story is so powerful it has become a metaphor with the power of ancient myth: a man whose portrait grows old while he maintains an unnatural youthfulness - and contains to live a pleasure-centered, amoral life. Despite Wilde's claim that "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." the book has the power of an old-fashioned morality tale.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011993190
  • Publisher: Revenant
  • Publication date: 1/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 178
  • File size: 208 KB

Meet the Author

Oscar Wilde - fully Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900) - remains a very modern character in the sense that his personality and the more sensational parts of his life story are as well known to many as his work. His wit and love of paradox have remained in numerous, widely quoted epigrams, but under an air of careless irony, almost cynicism, he wrote memorable and enduring works in a number of genres, notably poetry and theater. In the early 1890's, he was one of London's most popular playwrights and several of his plays are regularly performed today. But his novels and short stories have also endured - if often overshadowed by the tragic turn in his life after he unwisely sued his male lover's father for libel and ended up in jail for two years, condemned (as a gay man) of "gross indecency" before leaving for France, where he died in poverty at forty-six.
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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    A classic that's still relevant today!

    This is one of my favorite books of ALL time. I've read it over & over. Oscar Wilde was an amazing author & master of witty sarcasm. He has a thought-provoking view on life & society.<BR/><BR/>My copy is riddled with highlighted quotes that I think perfectly sum up the quirks of human behavior. This book is a thriller, social commentary, philosophical discussion, & vocabulary lesson all in one! He can ramble at some points, but read through it because what these ramblings reveal are quite insightful. Don't be intimidated, though. It's short compared to a lot of other classics with similarly "difficult" language. Grab a dictionary, open up your mind...& you'll get a lot out of this read.

    28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Chilling and surreal...this story surfaces your own personal demons

    I had heard the theatre tale of Dorian Gray and I wanted to know the real story. Something about the Barnes and Noble book cover of the portrait of Dorian Gray made it stand out amongst the other classics.

    I normally don't mark my books but there were so many whitty remarks and absolute truths I had to mark them so I could tell others.

    The story takes place over many years but somehow didn't feel rushed and leaves you screaming for more at the end. On top of that, the most interesting thing about the way Wilde writes this story is that he never really tells you what sins the character is guilty of, thus making you fill them in yourself.
    How wicked is your soul's own thoughts?
    Definately a buy and keep!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    An Old Classic and Still a Thriller

    I started to read this book because I had wanted to read as many of the classics and I could bear through. The Picture of Darian Grey really fooled me. I thought it would be ho-hum until I stated to read it. What a lesson about life.
    How very often we do away with someone who really loves us to get along with someone who just wants to use us......and we are too in love with ourselves to know or admit we made a mistake till it is too late.

    Oscar Wilde was a terrific writer.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    As long as you read the 20 Chapter Version this book is groundbreaking.

    I read the 13 chapter version, and then the 20 Chapter version. Never, ever read the 13ch version, it is dull and flat. The 20 version, the version we know now, is so much more provacative. While I would still recommend Frankenstein as a philosophical text of this, Dorian Gray makes you question within yourself the forces of hedonism and puritanism. The continual fight between Hedonism and Puritanism is still one we must struggle with today, and with both sides refusing to take a middle ground, Dorian Gray remains an important text.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Riddled with errors

    This ebook was poorly converted, and is riddled with errors.
    Find another free copy...

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

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    A Wonderful Book!

    I was first captured by this book by Oscar Wilde's wonderful use of language. Although many of his characters are rotten and dirty at the core, they are still very eloquent and every line could be a thought provoking quote. Even the narrations are equally eloquent. Aside from the language, the story is wonderful and I really enjoyed reading the book, as it is the only novel written by Oscar Wilde. If you enjoy the classics, you better not skip this one...and if you don't: still pick this one up from B&N, you will not be disappointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Good

    Good read but tends to drone on at times

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

    Great Read

    I read this book for a project in one of my english classes in high school. I loved it. The dialogue is great, the story is awesome, and I was always wondering what happened next. I recommend it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Its good

    The errors take away from the book, thoughit is good

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Fabulous read

    Good book club "classic"

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Same book

    Why are the same books listed numerous times and at differing cost?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Awesome

    This book has a great plot, as well as many lessons learned.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    No influence on me

    Have no idea what would ever be considered great literature in this writing. Characters were so shallow and i didn't care about or for them one iota. I have much to say with negative emotion on this story but i will just say this, writing, thank goodness has come along way from this crap. If this is what literature was, i would cease to be a reader.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Storm

    :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Page numbers

    Why does the paper back have175 pages and my nook version have 596

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    good read. but a hand full of typos

    love the book its self. however this version has a good bit of typos, which is mainly just anoying but nothing terrible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Great!!!!!!!

    Awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Longwinded but good

    Longwinded but good

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