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    The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wadsworth Collection) (Paperback) By (author) Oscar Wilde, Introduction and notes by John M. L. Drew, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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    DescriptionWilde's only novel, first published in 1890, is a brilliantly designed puzzle, intended to tease conventional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art, life, and consequence. From its provocative Preface, challenging the reader to believe in 'art for art's sake', to its sensational conclusion, the story self-consciously experiments with the notion of sin as an element of design. Yet Wilde himself underestimated the consequences of his experiment, and its capacity to outrage the Victorian establishment. Its words returned to haunt him in his court appearances in 1895, and he later recalled the 'note of doom' which runs like 'a purple thread' through its carefully crafted prose.


 

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    Title
    The Picture of Dorian Gray
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oscar Wilde, Introduction and notes by John M. L. Drew, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 144 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781853260155
    ISBN 10: 1853260150
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC20: 823.8
    BIC E4L: CLA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000
    DC22: 823/.8
    LC classification: PR5819.A1
    BISAC V2.8: FIC030000
    LC classification: PR5819 .A1 1992B
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Illustrations note
    notes, bibliography
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    01 August 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Herts
    Back cover copy
    Spellbound before his own portrait, Dorian Gray utters a fateful wish. In exchange for eternal youth he gives his soul, to be corrupted by the malign influence of his mentor, the aesthete and hedonist Lord Henry Wotton. The novel was met with moral outrage by contemporary critics who, dazzled perhaps by Wilde's brilliant style, may have confused the author with his creation, Lord Henry, to whom even Dorian protests, 'You cut life to pieces with your epigrams.'. Encouraged by Lord Henry to substitute pleasure for goodness and art for reality, Dorian tries to watch impassively as he brings misery and death to those who love him. But the picture is watching him, and, made hideous by the marks of sin, it confronts Dorian with the reflection of his fall from grace, the silent bearer of what is in effect a devastating moral judgement.