The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. Wilde was attacked for his decadence and corrupting influence, and a few years later the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma… (more)

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Tue, 11 May 2010 05:59:46 +0200

i read this book based on browsing after getting a kindle. i was very pleased with my choice. its hard to believe it was written so long ago-that someone could imagine such a mindset. i could understand this book created a stir when it was first released.

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 04:05:41 +0100

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by OSCAR WILDE is a book about three characters: Basil, a moralistic painter; Harry, a jaded wit; and Dorian, a searcher.

The story begins with Basil painting a portrait of Dorian, an innocent young man. We aren't told how Dorian managed to reach young adulthood and remain largely naive of his own good looks, the lure of drugs, the joy of fast women, etc., other than that he was raised by his grandparents in a rural setting.

Enter Harry, a socialite who tangles every… (more)

Book Details  

Language: English

Published in: 1891

Word count: 78,634 words (≈ about 5 hours)

Copyright: Public Domain

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