The Picture Of Dorian Gray And Other Writings

The Picture Of Dorian Gray And Other Writings

by Oscar Wilde


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ISBN-13: 9781452896304
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About 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.

Date of Birth:

October 16, 1854

Date of Death:

November 30, 1900

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Paris, France


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 And Other Writings 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wilde does it again! This novel is filled with exquisite language that stimulates the mind. The characterization of Lord Henry and Dorian are deep and dynamic. Lord Henry is a flamboyant person who has an answer for everything, he is truly someone you will love (or love to hate)! The only flaws worth mentioning are the couple chapters which pose as interludes to the action and run slowly compared to the rest of the novel. But the actual story is very interesting from beginning to end.
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First off, for the audience looking to read this book after viewing the character from the movie LXG, know that the characteristics of Dorian are no as they were in the movie. Dorian does not die when he looks at his portrait in fact his observation of the changes in his picture is one of the main elements of the story. Basil, an artist that is obsessed with the beauty of one man, Dorian, paints a portrait so beautiful that the subject is pained by the fact that the portrait¿s beauty will outlast that of his mortal body, and he wishes that this formula could be reversed, with the portrait aging in his place. He gets his wish, but at what price? Dorian, now free from the bounds of mortality, is no longer afraid to sin, since there he thinks that nothing can happen to him. But his behavior was not all due to his immortality it was also due to the fact that the negative influence from Lord Henry corrupted his pure soul. The fact that he was able to keep his beauty but not able to keep his soul shows that judgment based on appearance is not only wrong, but inaccurate. This book is recommended, but not to the highest extent. The story picks up quickly, as it must with such a limited amount of pages. One of the only flaws in this book is chapter 11, the long, unwanted pause. A classic nonetheless, one that should no be overlooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like these types of stories but this was actually great.