The Picture of Dorian Gray
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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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'A triumph of execution ... one of the best narratives of the "double life" of a Victorian gentleman' Peter Ackroyd

Oscar Wilde's alluring novel of decadence and sin was a succes de scandale on publication. It follows Dorian Gray who, enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, 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 depravity. This definitive edition includes a selection of contemporary reviews condemning the novel's immorality.

Edited with an Introduction and notes by ROBERT MIGHALL
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 224g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 0141439572
  • 9780141439570
  • 4,865

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Dorian Gray has just had his portrait painted. It is a perfect likeness of the quite extraordinary beautiful young man, and it prompts him to make a mad wish for eternal youth. In the years to come, he devotes his public life to and aestheticism-and his private one to decadence and debauchery.
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Table of contents

The Picture of Dorian GrayAcknowledgements
Introduction
Chronology
Further Reading
A Note on the Text


The Picture of Dorian Gray


Appendix 1: Selected Contemporary Reviews of The Picture of Dorian Gray


Appendix 2: Introduction to the First Penguin Classics Edition, by Peter Ackroyd


Notes
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About Oscar Wilde

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. Peter Ackroyd is a best-selling writer whose recent work includes biographies on Dickens and Blake.
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I thought that this book was a brilliant classic & after reading it you can see why it is a classic. Its not to hard to read the characters are interesting and its a real page turner. The only issue was that there was one rather dry chapter in the book that was a bit force read towards the end but that was it. Definitely worth the read.show more
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