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The Picture of Dorian Gray  : Vintage Classics - Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Vintage Classics

By: Oscar Wilde, Irvine Welsh (Introduction by)


Published: September 2007
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‘The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it’ The Picture of Dorian Gray

With an introduction by Irvine Welsh

Dorian is a good-natured young man until he falls in with the immoral Lord Henry and discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his corrupt and decadent lifestyle and untouched by age. But up in his attic, hidden behind a curtain, his portrait tells a different story

About the Author

Bom in 1854, Oscar Wilde became one of the most flamboyant and controversial literary figures of his time. Once a journalist and lecturer, Wilde's career reached its peak between 1890 and 1895, when he wrote THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, a volume of children's stories, and a succession of enormously successful plays that reintroduced the comedy of manners to the English Stage, including his most famous work, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. He died in 1900.


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I wanted to read this book after watching the DVD 'League of Extraordinary Gentleman'. I was disappointed though. It was too harsh for my usual preferences of genre.

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"[A] remarkable work of imagination...A wonderfully entertaining parable of the aesthetic ideal" Guardian "A heady late-Victorian tale of double-living" -- Sarah Waters "There's an incurable disease afflicting females - ageing. Men, on the other hand, never pass their amuse-by dates. Sean Connery is still cutting the sex god mustard and, if time flies, then HE has frequent air miles. Yet, you never hear a man described as mutton dressed as ram, now do you? This is a book about a bloke who realises that the night is young, but he is not..." -- Kathy Lette "In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde set the gold standard for chroniclers of decadence" Guardian "Very decadent and Victorian" Savidge Reads

ISBN: 9780099511144
ISBN-10: 0099511142
Series: Vintage Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: September 2007
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1