The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

CD-Audio Classic Fiction

By (author) Oscar Wilde, Read by Michael Sheen, By (composer) Schumann, By (composer) Boellmann, By (composer) Chabrier

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  • Publisher: NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 138mm x 24mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 30 November 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Hong Kong
  • ISBN 10: 9626340746
  • ISBN 13: 9789626340745
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 370,341

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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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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.