Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780486278070
Department
Books
Released
2 Jan 2000
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Oscar Wilde
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Dover Publications
Edition
Reprint
Series
Dover Thrift Editions
Language
English
Number of Pages
165
Dimensions
210 x 133 x 13mm (136g)

Annotation

A handsome, dissolute man who sells his soul for eternal youth is horrified to see the reflection of his degeneration in the distorted features of his portrait.

Summary

  • <div> <p>In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde's most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.</p></div>

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
Portraits; Fiction.
Dewey Classification
823/.8

Inside Flap

In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde's most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.

Author Bio

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) remains best known for his comedies of the 1890s, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and for his tragic imprisonment and untimely death.