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The Picture of Dorian Gray & Other Fantastic Tales
     

The Picture of Dorian Gray & Other Fantastic Tales

by Oscar Wilde
 
Horror hides behind an attractive face in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's scandalous tale of a Victorian libertine and his life of evil excesses. Though Dorian's hedonistic indulgences leave no blemish on his ageless features, the painted portrait imbued with his soul proves a living catalogue of corruption, revealing in every new line and lesion it develops

Overview

Horror hides behind an attractive face in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's scandalous tale of a Victorian libertine and his life of evil excesses. Though Dorian's hedonistic indulgences leave no blemish on his ageless features, the painted portrait imbued with his soul proves a living catalogue of corruption, revealing in every new line and lesion it develops the manifold sins he has committed. Desperate to hide the physical evidence of his unregenerate spirit, Dorian will stop at nothing to keep his picture's existence a secret. The Picture of Dorian Gray & Other Fantastic Tales collects four of Wilde's tales of the macabre. Leavened with wit and written with the flare and élan that were the hallmarks of Wilde's style, they rank among the most sophisticated literary fantasies of the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435132511
Publisher:
Fall River Press
Publication date:
09/23/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
436,137
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet who delighted Victorian England with his legendary wit. He found critical and popular success with his scintillating plays, chiefly The Importance of Being Earnest, while his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, scandalized readers. Imprisoned for two years for homosexual behavior, Wilde moved to France after his release, where he died destitute.

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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