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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RThe Picture of Dorian Gray&&L/I&&R, by &&LSTRONG&&ROscar Wilde&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R&&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&R&&L/B&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&ROscar Wilde&&L/B&&R brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to &&LI&&RThe Picture of Dorian Gray&&L/I&&R, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged--petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral--while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying, enchanting, obsessing, even corrupting readers for more than a hundred years. &&L/DIV&&R&&LP&&RTaking the reader in and out of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, &&LI&&RThe Picture of Dorian Gray&&L/I&&R is not only a melodrama about moral corruption. Laced with bon mots and vivid depictions of upper-class refinement, it is also a fascinating look at the milieu of Wilde's fin-de-si�cle world and a manifesto of the creed "Art for Art's Sake." &&L/P&&R&&LP&&RThe ever-quotable Wilde, who once delighted London with his scintillating plays, scandalized readers with this, his only novel. Upon publication, Dorian was condemned as dangerous, poisonous, stupid, vulgar, and immoral, and Wilde as a "driveling pedant." The novel, in fact, was used against Wilde at his much-publicized trials for "gross indecency," which led to his imprisonment and exile on the European continent. Even so, &&LI&&RThe Picture of Dorian Gray&&L/I&&R firmly established Wilde as one of the great voices of the Aesthetic movement, and endures as a classic that is as timeless as its hero. &&L/P&&R&&LP&&R&&LB&&RCamille Cauti, Ph.D.&&L/B&&R, is an editor and literary critic who lives in New York City. She is a specialist in the Catholic conversion trend among members of the avant-garde in London in the 1890s.&&L/P&&R
This book may have somewhat of a slow start; however, it is worth reading. There lies within a deeper "moral story" for each of us, who dare to finish this one! An interesting story line, which I have never seen duplicated.
Jul 24, 2009
slow start. difficult reading due to British turn of century phrasing. 2nd half is better.
Jun 2, 2008
'The Picture of Dorian Gray'
this book is a fascinating insight into sin and beauty, crafted from a master of words. Wilde is brilliant and this kind of thing is certainly what he is famed for. it is a book which i have gladly re-read and would read again at any time. i like the way that Dorian is developed over the course of book, how the issues of revenge and love wind their way into the history of the title character. Dorian, as charming and lovely as he is, harbours his wonderful secrets, which serve to thicken the plot and entice the readers. from the first moment of Dorain's fascination, the reader likes him just as the other characters do, yet only we (the readers) are privy to his innermost sins. the writing is more suited to the era it was written in, yet many of Wilde's greatest quotes can - and have - been extracted from it, and it remains today a great novel which anyone who wishes to absorb a little culture should read in their lifetime.
Mar 30, 2008
If you like Oscar Wilde, you will love this work...it is a tragedy of the time in which he lived, but, as with all of his works, there is a definite edge of biting humor to it.
Nov 1, 2007
What Wonderful Wit
What's not to like about Oscar Wilde? As usual Wilde uses the vehicle of a novel (or a play or a short story) to absolutely skewer "drawing room morality" and social intercourse. His biting observations are still relevant and have not been rendered passe by the passage of time. This novel, and really all of Wilde's work, is a target rich environment for aphorisms, as for example when Dorian Gray's friend Lord Henry observes "The only things one never regrets are one's mistakes". This novel tells the story of Dorian Gray who is introduced to us as a naive and beautiful young man. He his sitting for a portrait by his friend Basil Hallward who is nothing less than inspired by Gray and produces one his finest portraits. Basil's friend, Lord Henry Wooten is equally intrigued by Gray but with entirely different motives; Wooten craves the pleasure of corrupting the purity of youth. Upon viewing the completed portrait Dorian makes a wish that he may always look as he does in the portrait and whatever coarseness he would acquire from the vicissitudes of life would appear in the portrait and not in his visage. Through the rest of the book you may follow Dorian's descent into depravity accompanied by the richest satire this side of J. Swift. Read it, quote it at cocktail parties and tell your illiterate friends about it.
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