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Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray is a gothic tale of a young, handsome man who sells his soul for the gift of eternal youth. The book is Oscar Wilde’s only novel and it created a controversy at the time of its publication, due to its portrayal of moral corruption and aestheticism. In the story, Dorian Gray is an object of the artist Basil Hallward’s inspiration. He is influenced by Lord Henry Wotton, who leads him to believe that beauty is the most important facet of life. Dorian uses a portrait of himself as a means to never grow older by wishing that the portrait would age in his stead. The book follows Dorian’s life of sin and hedonism as he is influenced greatly by Lord Henry, who relishes a life of pleasure. Dorian commits every sin possible without aging a day while the portrait reflects a greatly aged and hideous reflection of his sins. He murders, engages in substance abuse and lies as he goes through a double life, one that constantly alternates between the finer elements of high society and the gruesome evils of decadence. The Picture Of Dorian Gray drew much criticism during its first publication and was consequently overhauled by Wilde, though it was still regarded as notorious. This is due to Wilde’s depiction of aestheticism and it is also because of the social mindset that prevailed at the time. Despite the book’s notoriety at the time it was published, The Picture Of Dorian Gray is widely considered a classic and has been adapted in various forms. Dorian Grays Portræt was the first film adaptation that was released in 1910. Subsequently, there have been many films and novels that are adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s original, including Dorian Gray, a 2009 film, and Family Portrait, a horror novel written by Graham Masterton.

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray is a gothic tale of a young, handsome man who sells his soul for the gift of eternal youth. The book is Oscar Wilde’s only novel and it created a controversy at the time of its publication, due to its portrayal of moral corruption and aestheticism. In the story, Dorian Gray is an object of the artist Basil Hallward’s inspiration. He is influenced by Lord Henry Wotton, who leads him to believe that beauty is the most important facet of life. Dorian uses a portrait of himself as a means to never grow older by wishing that the portrait would age in his stead. The book follows Dorian’s life of sin and hedonism as he is influenced greatly by Lord Henry, who relishes a life of pleasure. Dorian commits every sin possible without aging a day while the portrait reflects a greatly aged and hideous reflection of his sins. He murders, engages in substance abuse and lies as he goes through a double life, one that constantly alternates between the finer elements of high society and the gruesome evils of decadence. The Picture Of Dorian Gray drew much criticism during its first publication and was consequently overhauled by Wilde, though it was still regarded as notorious. This is due to Wilde’s depiction of aestheticism and it is also because of the social mindset that prevailed at the time. Despite the book’s notoriety at the time it was published, The Picture Of Dorian Gray is widely considered a classic and has been adapted in various forms. Dorian Grays Portræt was the first film adaptation that was released in 1910. Subsequently, there have been many films and novels that are adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s original, including Dorian Gray, a 2009 film, and Family Portrait, a horror novel written by Graham Masterton.
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Title Picture of Dorian Gray Height 11.1
Oscar Wilde Width 1.6
ISBN-13 9780140623222 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 0140623221 Spine Width
Publisher Penguin Books Pages 256
Edition Penguin Popular Classics Availability Out Of Stock

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