The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Oscar Wilde is the story of a Faustian pact in Victorian England, The Portrait of Dorian Gray is a once burning is slow, gothic horror, and a brilliant philosophical investigation of youth, beauty and desire.This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Mighall.Captivated by her own exquisite portrait of Dorian Gray exchanges her soul for eternal youth and beauty.Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn in a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret, while remaining a man in the eyes of good society.Only his portrait bears traces of his decadenceDorian Gray’s Portrait was a scandalous successYoung readers were shocked by his notes to the indescribable sins, and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895.He hasn’t lost anything of his power to fascinate and worry.This final edition includes a selection of contemporary reviews condemning the novels of immorality and the introduction of the first Penguin Classics, by Peter Ackroyd.Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), son of an eminent eye surgeon and a nationalist poet, studied in Dublin and Oxford and became the principal representative of the Movement’s new Aesthetics.Her work, including fiction, such as Les Happy Prix (1888), her novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray (1891), gradually earned her a reputation, which has resulted in her phenomenal success in plays such as Une Femme Sans Importance (1893), Un Mari Idéal (1895) and L’ Importance d’ être constants (1895).Imprisoned for homosexual acts, he died after his release in exile in Paris.If you liked The Portrait of Dorian Gray, you could, like Joris-Karl Huysmans ” Against Nature (Return) Wilde’s real-life inspiration for the novel that slowly corrupts Dorian Gray, also available in Penguin Classics.
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