The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author's most popular work, written in his distinctively dazzling style. When Dorian Gray's moral degeneration was first published in 1890, it caused a stir; however, when Wilde was criticized for t... he novel's corrupting influence, he responded that there is "a terrible moral in Dorian Gray." Only a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials resulting from Wilde's homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his death. “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks me: Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps,” Wilde wrote in a letter about Dorian Gray's relationship to autobiography.

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  • GENRES

    Fiction, LGBT

  • PUBLISHED BY

    Simon & schuster

  • PUBLISHED ON

    May 6, 2014

  • ISBN

  • FORMAT

    Kindle Edition

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    144

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Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.

I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.

All art is quite useless.

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible....

Reviews of The Picture of Dorian Gray

After reading the book, I feel like I managed to pick up the main ideas that Oscar Wilde was trying to convey.

No arch one-liners to deflect attention, no glib protestations that it was all just a joke, not to be taken seriously. This is authentic, almost painfully so; this is Oscar laid bare.

It is not often that a piece of serious scholarship is accorded such deluxe treatment, and in this case it is a cause for real celebration...

I liked the scenes where Dorian first discovered the sneering portrait, and the pains he takes to hide it. I found Dorian’s murder of Basil to be a little forced. But Wilde is telling a morality tale. Obviously realism is not at the top of Wilde’s priority list.

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