How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrid, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young ... If it was only the other way!
Wilde's first and only published novel recounts the story of handsome Dorian Gray who upon having his portrait painted desires that it will age and grow ugly while he may remain eternally beautiful. The painting, which reflects each of Gray’s sins and transgressions in its hideousness, haunts him until it finally becomes unbearable. In this dark tale of duplicity and mortality, Wilde creates a world where art and reality collide.
About The Author
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 .
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Comments about The Picture of Dorian Gray:
An insight into the difference between conventional morality and a way of seeing which places love and care for well-being ahead of pre-conceived mores. The story is mesmerizing, flowing easily through beautifully written scenes, often poetic.
Series: Collins Classics
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st April 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 11.0 x 17.4 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.15