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The Picture of Dorian Gray : Collins Classics - Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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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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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    • Travel Reading

    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.

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    ISBN: 9780007351053
    ISBN-10: 0007351054
    Series: Collins Classics
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    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