The Picture of Dorian Gray
Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it ﬁrst... show more
Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it ﬁrst appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting inﬂuence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”
Publish date: June 1st 1998
Publisher: Random House: Modern Library
Pages no: 254
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
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...
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...
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...
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...
Dorian Gray jest człowiekiem młodym, przystojnym. Świat stoi przed nim otworem. Poznaje on Henryka w czasie, gdy jego obraz jest kończony przez Bazylego. Słysząc pochwały na temat swojego wyglądu, wypowiada życzenie. Życzenie to ma wpływ na jego życie. Ale o tym nie wie od razu. Dowiaduje się po pew...