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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Camille Cauti
The Picture of Dorian Gray
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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable... show more
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged—petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral—while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying, enchanting, obsessing, even corrupting readers for more than a hundred years. Taking the reader in and out of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, The Picture of Dorian Gray is not only a melodrama about moral corruption. Laced with bon mots and vivid depictions of upper-class refinement, it is also a fascinating look at the milieu of Wilde’s fin-de-siècle world and a manifesto of the creed “Art for Art’s Sake.” The ever-quotable Wilde, who once delighted London with his scintillating plays, scandalized readers with this, his only novel. Upon publication, Dorian was condemned as dangerous, poisonous, stupid, vulgar, and immoral, and Wilde as a “driveling pedant.” The novel, in fact, was used against Wilde at his much-publicized trials for “gross indecency,” which led to his imprisonment and exile on the European continent. Even so, The Picture of Dorian Gray firmly established Wilde as one of the great voices of the Aesthetic movement, and endures as a classic that is as timeless as its hero. Camille Cauti, Ph.D., is an editor and literary critic who lives in New York City. She is a specialist in the Catholic conversion trend among members of the avant-garde in London in the 1890s.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781593080259 (1593080255)
ASIN: 1593080255
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics
Pages no: 248
Edition language: English
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Bücher unter dem Mond
Bücher unter dem Mond rated it
5.0 The Picture of Dorian Gray
OMMMFG.. i have no words to say how amazing this book its... it is just a book about life, how life should be... or not? hehe this book is fantastic omg, i highly recommend to anyone in this world! *_* i am amazed! so good end, so good characters, so much deepness in each sentence. The whole story ...
Hol
Hol rated it
4.0 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I’ll keep this review short as I find it incredibly difficult to review classics. It’s so hard to know what to say about books so highly regarded, regardless of whether I agree. Everyone surely knows the story of The Picture of Dorian Gray, a young man who sells his soul (or you could say trades i...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
5.0 The Picture of Dorian Gray
I don´t think I can add something new to the dozens of reviews out there, so I will keep it brief. The Picture of Dorian Gray is dark, twisted, brilliant and has some great characters, that are an absolute joy to dislike. One of my favorite classics. This book has been tagged as gothic on goodread...
LindaLeest
LindaLeest rated it
4.0 The Picture of Dorian Gray
I really liked this classic, and that ending was amazing.Sometimes, when i read a classic in English instead of my own language, I find it hard to follow the story, because of the writing style and the 'old' words. But not with this one. I found the sentences beautiful, and easy to read. In the back...
Bookish thoughts!!!
Bookish thoughts!!! rated it
3.5 Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray // The Picture of Dorian Gray
German and english review Ich finde die Klassiker sind einfach immer irgendwie am schwersten zu bewerten. Aber ich muss sagen, dass es eines von den "alten Büchern" ist, dass sich wirklich richtig gut hat lesen lassen und durch das ich relativ schnell geflogen bin und auch alles gut verstanden h...
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