The Picture of Dorian Gray (Collins Classics) by Oscar Wilde ISBN:9780008195588

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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‘The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.’

When Basil Hallward paints the portrait of young, handsome Dorian Gray, he falls prey to his dazzling beauty. Afraid that his youth and looks will waste away, Dorian expresses a wish that his portrait, and not he, will age and fade over time. His wish is granted, and over the ensuing years, Dorian indulges in every kind of vice and pleasure, never ageing nor disfiguring. Only his portrait, hidden to the world, bears the marks of his actions, and as his soul grows ever more wasted and corrupted, devastating
consequences lie in wait.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an exploration of the purpose of art, the superficial nature of youth and beauty, and the conflict between morality and intemperance. First published in its complete, uncensored form in 1891, it is Oscar Wilde’s only novel.

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About the Author: Born in Ireland in 1856, Oscar Wilde was a noted essayist, playwright, fairy tale writer and poet, as well as an early leader of the Aesthetic Movement. His plays include: An Ideal Husband, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, and Lady Windermere's Fan. Among his best known stories are The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Canterville Ghost.

 

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Genre

Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)

ISBN

9780008195588

Date of Publication

01 Jun 2017

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Collins Classics) by Oscar Wilde ISBN 9780008195588

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