The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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The classic book, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde! There's a reason why The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the best books of all time. If you haven't read this classic, then you'd better pick up a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde today!
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Editorial Reviews

D Dima
The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

A magnificent piece of literary work! The language is exquisite: beautiful metaphors, excellent sentences and brilliant dialogues. The characters are built with very realistic and deep psychological understanding.
This is Oscar Wilde at his best!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781493598892
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 257,585
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Oscar Wilde

Biography

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16, 1854, to an intellectually prominent Dublin family. His father, Sir William Wilde, was a renowned physician who was knighted for his work as medical adviser to the 1841 and 1851 Irish censuses; his mother, Lady Jane Francesca Elgee, was a poet and journalist. Wilde showed himself to be an exceptional student. While at the Royal School in Enniskillen, he took First Prize in Classics. He continued his studies at Trinity College, Dublin, on scholarship, where he won high honors, including the Demyship Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford.

At Oxford, Wilde engaged in self-discovery, through both intellectual and personal pursuits. He fell under the influence of the aesthetic philosophy of Walter Pater, a tutor and author who inspired Wilde to create art for the sake of art alone. It was during these years that Wilde developed a reputation as an eccentric and a foppish dresser who always had a flower in his lapel. Wilde won his first recognition as a writer when the university awarded him the Newdigate Prize for his poem "Ravenna."

Wilde went from Oxford to London, where he published his first volume of verse, Poems, in 1881. From 1882 to 1884, he toured the United States, Ireland, and England, giving a series of lectures on Aestheticism. In America, between speaking engagements, he met some of the great literary minds of the day, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Walt Whitman. His first play, Vera, was staged in New York but did poorly. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884 and the birth of his two sons, Wilde began to make his way into London's theatrical, literary, and homosexual scenes. He published Intentions, a collection of dialogues on aesthetic philosophy, in 1891, the year he met Lord Alfred Douglas, who became his lover and his ultimate downfall. Wilde soon produced several successful plays, including Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) and A Woman of No Importance (1893). Wilde's popularity was short-lived, however. In 1894, during the concurrent runs of his plays An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, he became the subject of a homosexual scandal that led him to withdraw all theater engagements and declare bankruptcy. Urged by many to flee the country rather than face a trial in which he would surely be found guilty, Wilde chose instead to remain in England. Arrested in 1895 and found guilty of "homosexual offenses," Wilde was sentenced to two years hard labor and began serving time in Wandsworth prison. He was later transferred to the detention center in Reading Gaol, where he composed De Profundis, a dramatic monologue written as a letter to Lord Alfred Douglas that was published in 1905. Upon his release, Wilde retreated to the Continent, where he lived out the rest of his life under a pseudonym. He published his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, in 1898 while living in exile.

During his lifetime, Wilde was most often the center of controversy. The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was serialized in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890 and published in book form the next year, is considered to be Wilde's most personal work. Scrutinized by critics who questioned its morality, the novel portrays the author's internal battles and arrives at the disturbing possibility that "ugliness is the only reality." Oscar Wilde died penniless, of cerebral meningitis, in Paris on November 30, 1900. He is buried in Paris's Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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To make ends meet, Wilde edited the popular ladies' periodical Woman's Day from 1887 to 1889.

When in exile on the Continent, Wilde was forced to live under the alias Sebastian Melmoth.

It is rumored that Wilde's last written words were found in his journal, left behind in the Left Bank flophouse where he died: "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has got to go."

Wilde is buried in the Paris cemetery of Père Lachaise; there, he keeps company with other famous artists, including Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 16, 1854
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 30, 1900
    2. Place of Death:
      Paris, France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2011

    Amazing book - don`t miss your chance to read it!

    I was introduced to Dorian Gray by my best friend, and I thought that it would be another boring and hard to read book by Oscar Wilde. I was wrong! This is a great story of man's eternal desire for perennial youth. A man, who followed the wrong path and never came back to the place he began!
    Dorian Gray is a young man whose physical appearance is handsome and innocent. An aspiring artist paints a beautiful portrait of Dorian. Dorian wishes that he will always look like his youthful appearance in the portrait. The wish comes true. Dorian remains the same, youthful and charming, but the portrait begins to transform itself into the image of his soul.
    I got an impression of Dorian being very selfish person, who uses his charms on people to obtain what he wants. He never loved anyone or anything except his own appearance. He is very insensitive to the world around him. The evil desires of his heart eventually cause him to murder a friend in cold blood. Over a period of twenty years, Dorian becomes a monster on the inside even as he remains youthful and innocent on the outside.
    Wilde's wit and sarcasm come in full splendor to tell us that the world is dangerous for the soul, when its rules are not followed.
    Oscar Wilde's commentary of his society- and the path that man was choosing to take is also a good less for our society to learn. Today, we are much farther down on that shallow path. With technology and the modern media, it is even easier to be influenced by what MTV says a girl should weigh, or what car we should drive, what food to eat. Music, television, movie, magazine, clothes, and advertisement industries rely on an image to sell. The high rate of eating disorders and self esteem in many people throughout the world is not a thing to brush aside in the debate of what is beautiful. Though it seems that Wilde says that there is a beauty, which the artist creates, but there is also an ugly world that exists. We are the one to decide what kind of person to become, what path to choose. Just don`t take the wrong road to follow.
    I was really impressed by the depth of this book! Oscar Wilde gave us a chance to grow from it, to look at Dorian`s mistakes in his concocted world, and keep ourselves from making the same ones in our reality. Don't expect easy answers from Kafka. He is not going to wrap everything up in a pretty bow, fully resolved, so that you can feel good. If you are looking for a book that requires thinking, "the picture of Dorian Gray" is a perfect choice for you!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    One of the most well written books you'll ever read!

    Believe it or not, I had not heard of The Picture of Dorian Gray until the movie League of Extraordinaty Gentleman came out. I know, crazy right. No, I havn't lived under a rock my whole life. I don't know how i missed it. Well, after seeing the movie I rented every movie of The Picture of Dorian Gray I could find and fell in love with the story. Then I read the book... and fell in love with the writing.

    Reading the first chapter is like being swathed in wonderful writing from head too toe. I felt completely surrounded by it. You can almost feel the warmth of the garden, hear the sounds of the birds and dragonflies, and smell the beauty of the flowers as you sit and listen to this conversation between Harry and Basil. The writing is an immersive experince. And Basil's description of his first encounter with Dorian and the feelings that Dorian stirs in him, sound almost... romantic. At the least there's definately a bromance going on. And we also see the first crack of Dorian's facade in this chapter, which Basil's decsription of how Dorian sometiems seems purposefully cruel to him. Isn't it interesting, the first chapter ends with Harry demanding to meet Dorian and dragging Basil into the house and we haven't even met Dorian yet ourselves.

    As I read the book it occured to me that it could also have been titled the Influence of Lord Henry Wotten, for Harry's (as he's called by his friends) opinions and influence are as central to the story as Dorian Gray himself and more of a factor than the portrait itself. Hardly a scene goes by that Harry, whether present or not, is not quoted as an authority. It was as if he was the potter and Dorian was the clay. Harry was fully aware of his influence, and Dorian... Dorian seemed to be racing from one sensation to another like a spoiled child.

    This was by far one of the best written, most interesting stories I have read. I will read it over and over and would recommend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    One of the most well written books you'll ever read!

    Believe it or not, I had not heard of The Picture of Dorian Gray until the movie League of Extraordinaty Gentleman came out. I know, crazy right. No, I havn't lived under a rock my whole life. I don't know how i missed it. Well, after seeing the movie I rented every movie of The Picture of Dorian Gray I could find and fell in love with the story. Then I read the book... and fell in love with the writing.

    Reading the first chapter is like being swathed in wonderful writing from head too toe. I felt completely surrounded by it. You can almost feel the warmth of the garden, hear the sounds of the birds and dragonflies, and smell the beauty of the flowers as you sit and listen to this conversation between Harry and Basil. The writing is an immersive experince. And Basil's description of his first encounter with Dorian and the feelings that Dorian stirs in him, sound almost... romantic. At the least there's definately a bromance going on. And we also see the first crack of Dorian's facade in this chapter, which Basil's decsription of how Dorian sometiems seems purposefully cruel to him. Isn't it interesting, the first chapter ends with Harry demanding to meet Dorian and dragging Basil into the house and we haven't even met Dorian yet ourselves.

    As I read the book it occured to me that it could also have been titled the Influence of Lord Henry Wotten, for Harry's (as he's called by his friends) opinions and influence are as central to the story as Dorian Gray himself and more of a factor than the portrait itself. Hardly a scene goes by that Harry, whether present or not, is not quoted as an authority. It was as if he was the potter and Dorian was the clay. Harry was fully aware of his influence, and Dorian... Dorian seemed to be racing from one sensation to another like a spoiled child.

    This was by far one of the best written, most interesting stories I have read. I will read it over and over and would recommend it to everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Good read

    Had to read this for a masters literature analysis class. Thought it would be boring but it was really interesting. Really loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Bad file

    Excellent book, but bad file! Spend the extra pennies on a different version.

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