Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides
Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, 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. The tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused a scandal when it rst appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel's corrupting in uence, he responded that there is, in fact, a terrible moral in "Dorian Gray." Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray's relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be in other ages, perhaps.
About the Author
Jeffrey Eugenides is the award-winning author of "The Virgin Suicides;" "Middlesex, " which won a Pulitzer Prize; and "The Marriage Plot." Originally from Michigan, and educated at Brown University, he now lives in Berlin with his wife.