- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Hardback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 202mm x 28mm | 420g
- Publication date: 27 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141442468
- ISBN 13: 9780141442464
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white line drawings
- Sales rank: 4,380
Part of "Penguin's" beautiful hardback "Clothbound Classics" series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succes de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against "Wilde at the Old Bailey" in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.
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Born in Ireland, Wilde (1854-1900) was educated in Dublin and Oxford and became the leading exponent of aestheticism. His work includes plays, a novel, poetry and criticism. Imprisoned for homosexual acts, he died after his release in exile in Paris. Robert Mighall has written on Gothic fiction and is the editor of Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for Penguin Classics.
By Evelyn Chan 16 Aug 2012
A beautiful book with a fascinating story. One of my favourite books of all time.