The Picture of Dorian Gray
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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY IRVINE WELSH

Dorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his corrupt lifestyle and untouched by age. But up in his attic, hidden behind a curtain, his portrait tells a different story...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 14mm | 117.93g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0099511142
  • 9780099511144
  • 29,152

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"There's an incurable disease afflicting females - ageing. Men, on the other hand, never pass their amuse-by dates. Sean Connery is still cutting the sex god mustard and, if time flies, then HE has frequent air miles. Yet, you never hear a man described as mutton dressed as ram, now do you? This is a book about a bloke who realises that the night is young, but he is not..."
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"[A] remarkable work of imagination...A wonderfully entertaining parable of the aesthetic ideal" * Guardian * "A heady late-Victorian tale of double-living" -- Sarah Waters "There's an incurable disease afflicting females - ageing. Men, on the other hand, never pass their amuse-by dates. Sean Connery is still cutting the sex god mustard and, if time flies, then HE has frequent air miles. Yet, you never hear a man described as mutton dressed as ram, now do you? This is a book about a bloke who realises that the night is young, but he is not..." -- Kathy Lette "In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde set the gold standard for chroniclers of decadence" * Guardian * "Very decadent and Victorian" * Savidge Reads *
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About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. He later lived in London and married Constance Lloyd there in 1884. Wilde was a leader of the Aesthetic Movement. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. He published a revised and expanded edition in 1891 in response to negative reviews which criticised the book's immorality. Wilde became famous through of the immense success of his plays such as Lady Windemere's Fan (1892), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).

In 1985, after a public scandal involving Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, he was sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol for 'gross indecency'. His poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol was based on his experiences in prison and was published in 1898. After his release, Wilde never lived in England again and died in Paris on 30 November 1900. He is buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery.
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717,932 ratings
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This is a book I have heard of a lot over the years but have not read until now. It really shows the attitudes of the upper classes of these times, that the hedonistic way of life was by far the best way of life, or in fact the only way of life. Although the story is about a picure of Dorian Gray that is put away in a locked room which ages and degenerates with every act of thoughtless fun that the real Dorian Gray commits, I think it says more of the psychology of the human being. Dorian has made a pact if you like, with the devil, to stay young and goodlooking for ever, but he can never really get away from the disgraceful life he is living, however much he tells himself he can, and he comes ultimately to a sticky end. It is a great insight into the period and what really is built into us all, a conscience!show more
by Penny Cunningham
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