The Picture of Dorian Gray (Hardcover)

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By Oscar Wilde, Uchida, Quentin Crisp (Introduction by)
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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 first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel's corrupting influence, 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

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, "The Importance of Being Earnest.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679600015
ISBN-10: 0679600019
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: September 5th, 1992
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Modern Library (Hardcover)