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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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By (author) Oscar Wilde

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 208mm x 13mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1994
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486278077
  • ISBN 13: 9780486278070
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 11,874

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The tale of a youth whose features, year after year, retain the same appearance of innocent beauty while the shame of his abhorrent vices becomes mirrored on the features of his portrait.

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In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde's most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.