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The Picture of Dorian Gray
     

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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by Oscar Wilde
 

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. The magazine's editors feared the story was indecent as submitted, so they censored roughly 500 words, without Wilde's knowledge, before publication. Even still, the story

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. The magazine's editors feared the story was indecent as submitted, so they censored roughly 500 words, without Wilde's knowledge, before publication. Even still, the story was greeted with outrage by British reviewers, some of whom suggested that Wilde should be prosecuted on moral grounds, leading Wilde to defend the novel aggressively in letters to the British press. Wilde later revised the story for book publication, making substantial alterations, deleting controversial passages, adding new chapters and including an aphoristic Preface which has since become famous in its own right. The amended version was published by Ward, Lock and Company in April 1891. Some scholars believe that Wilde would today have wanted us to read the version he originally submitted to Lippincott's.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016325408
Publisher:
1.00 Books
Publication date:
03/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,171,396
File size:
544 KB

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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The Picture of Dorian Gray 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 396 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"
Anonymous 22 days ago
Shadowmist: black with purple eyes. Mate to faolan. Mother to misty and storm. Large timber wolf. Alpha attitude. <p> Storm: male. Black with silver eyes. <p> Misty: silver with purple eyes. Female.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Name: Sky <p> Gender: &female <p> Apearance: Black with a thin frame and small white speckles along her back and tail.Dark blue eyes. <p> Personality: Tends to be kinda shy but friendly. She loves to doodle and take long naps. <p> Mate/Crush/Pups: nope <p> Bio: Eh, ask <br> Name: Flare <p> Gender: &female <p> Appearance: White and fluffy, with an orange tuft on her chest, paws, and tail. Amber eyes. <p> Mate/Crush/Pups: still a bby so nah <p> Bio: Her parents left her so she joined the Full-Moon pack. They became inactive so she left and came here. <p> Personality: That one pup that everyone hates. Obnoxious and NEVER shuts up. She cant keep her nose in her own buisness and loves to make others know that she is there. <br> anything else just ask!
Anonymous 4 months ago
For wolf pack.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Name:duh its Lope gender:male looks:gray wolf with blueish grayish eyes, lean, fast age:10 moons likes: to hunt rabbits, running through the woods, and swimming.
Anonymous 8 months ago
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Anonymous 9 months ago
A silver wolf with green eyes and one splayed paw. A kind and loyal friend. Very fierce. Mate none crush confidential pups none.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous female with a brown coat and white chest. Parents are unknown and siblings unknown. Loves positive stuff and pups (they are so cute!). Hates negative things and longpaws (They are so ugly!). No mate, no pups, and no crush.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yyep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May be in the half moon pack.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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