Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780008195588
Department
Books
Released
20 Jun 2016
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Oscar Wilde
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
HARPERCOLLINS
Series
Collins Classics
Language
English
Number of Pages
240
Dimensions
198 x 129 x 16mm (180g)

Summary

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics.

`The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.'

When Basil Hallward paints the portrait of young, handsome Dorian Gray, he falls prey to his dazzling beauty. Afraid that his youth and looks will waste away, Dorian expresses a wish that his portrait, and not he, will age and fade over time. His wish is granted, and over the ensuing years, Dorian indulges in every kind of vice and pleasure, never ageing nor disfiguring. Only his portrait, hidden to the world, bears the marks of his actions, and as his soul grows ever more wasted and corrupted, devastating
consequences lie in wait.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an exploration of the purpose of art, the superficial nature of youth and beauty, and the conflict between morality and intemperance. First published in its complete, uncensored form in 1891, it is Oscar Wilde's only novel.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Dewey Classification
823.8

Author Bio

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on the 16th October 1854 and died on the 30th November 1900. He was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.