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The Picture of Dorian Gray (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)
     

The Picture of Dorian Gray (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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by Oscar Wilde
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011993190
Publisher:
Revenant
Publication date:
01/07/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
178
File size:
212 KB

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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.

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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The Picture of Dorian Gray 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 391 reviews.
Lark_LaVoix More than 1 year ago
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.

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.
Grey11 More than 1 year ago
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!
PiggityPig More than 1 year ago
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.
love-2-readJT More than 1 year ago
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.
CScottMorris More than 1 year ago
This ebook was poorly converted, and is riddled with errors. Find another free copy...
Tamara87 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Glass-Cannon More than 1 year ago
Good read but tends to drone on at times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why are the same books listed numerous times and at differing cost?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great plot, as well as many lessons learned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The errors take away from the book, thoughit is good
BastilleDay More than 1 year ago
Good book club "classic"
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