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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Classics)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Classics)


Book Overview: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Classics)

An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland's greatest writers. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray makes a Faustian bargain to sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian's picture bears the traces of his decadence.

A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Publication Date2003
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Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was a renowned Irish author, poet, and playwright in the late 19th century. Born on October 16, 1854, in Dublin, he was famously known for his wit and flamboyant style. Wilde was a prominent figure in the aesthetic movement, which championed "art for art's sake". His most famous works include the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and the play "The Importance of Being Earnest." Wilde's career was marred by his imprisonment for charges of gross indecency in 1895, after his homosexual relationships came to light. Despite his downfall, his sharp wit, brilliant dialogues, and satirical insights into society and humanity continue to resonate with readers and audiences. He passed away on November 30, 1900, in Paris.

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