The Picture of Dorian Gray
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:
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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Review: The Picture of Dorian GrayUser Review - Teaunna Jones - Goodreads
I didn't not begin to get into this novel until 60 pages in. I like Oscar Wilde's eloquence but there are definitely lulls in the book. Drawn out descriptions of things that are of little relevance to ... Read full review
Review: The Picture of Dorian GrayUser Review - Melissa - Goodreads
This has been on my TBR list for a while. I really enjoyed the storyline but had difficulty with the beginning of the book. Oscar Wilde's style is a bit over the top. He sets up the story and the main ... Read full review
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