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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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Obsidian Blue
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4.0 The End of Narcissus
I have never read this one before now. I knew the bare bones of the story due to my high school English class having excerpts of the story. I guess I never wanted to read about a murdering guy who was too beautiful to live. Though I found parts of the story compelling, I found myself getting bored h...
Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it
2.0 "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
I was quite excited when I started this book. I've always enjoyed Oscar Wilde's plays and Stephen Fry seemed the perfect narrator for his work. I'd expected a few hours of entertainment and stimulation but I was very disappointed with what I heard. Stephen Fry's performance is first-rate. Withou...
Roobieland
Roobieland rated it
4.0 Το πορτραίτο του Ντόριαν Γκραίυ
⭐4.5 stars⭐You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.
Url Phantomhive
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4.0 The Picture Of Dorian Gray
A friend of mine told me about The Picture of Dorian Gray and she is quite a fan of it. I wanted to read it as well, to see if it really was as good as she said. I enjoyed reading it. For me, it wasn't the best book I've ever read and there wasn't much surprise for me in it (my friend told me the...
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4.0 (Audiobook) The Picture of Dorian Gray
This was interesting. This audiobook is actually made up of several parts. There's a dramatized version of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, interviews with the producer of the adaptation, the author of the adaptation, and Alexander Vlahos (the actor who voices Dorian), the first installment of ...
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