Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (Paperback)

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Enthralled by Dorian Gray' own exquisite portrait, he 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 decadence.

Product Details

Barcode
9780141439570
Department
Books
Released
30 Jan 2003
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Authors
Oscar Wilde
Robert Mighall
Robert Mighall (Introduction by)
Robert Mighall (Editor)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Language
English
Number of Pages
304
Dimensions
203 x 133 x 25mm (224g)

Summary

An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland's greatest writers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray makes a Faustian bargain to sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian's picture bears the traces of his decadence.

A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Psychological
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Classics
BISAC Subject 3
Fiction / Suspense
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Youthfulness; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Portraits; Fiction.
Academic Subject 1
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900
Dewey Classification
823/.8

Author Bio

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.