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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde digital book - Fable

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When handsome young Dorian Gray sees a painter’s stunning portrait of him, he is transfixed by its reflection of his own beauty. He is also troubled by the knowledge that the image in the painting will remain forever youthful and handsome while he himself will grow older and less desirable. He wishes aloud that the roles were reversed, saying that he would give his soul if only the painting would suffer the ravages of time and he were to remain forever young. From that point on, Dorian lives a life of hedonistic indulgence, knowing that only the painting will show his moral corruption.

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“I knew this was going to happen as soon as I read the preface but WOW what a masterpiece. The whole thing is utterly gorgeous and disgustingly lyrical. Absolutely despised it. Will probably read like four hundred more times. A sweeping but narrow study of philosophy and character and beauty, The Picture of Dorian Gray is riveting from beginning to end, despite not having much more of a plot than Dorian strolling around being an outrageously revolting human being. Not that it bothered me in the least. I find that plots are often unneeded in books of real excellence and we give them rather too much attention. Dorian Gray is all about the ~atmosphere~. And what an atmosphere it is. Makes me want to dress in all black and sit in front of a roaring fire, smoking a pipe while shadows creep along the walls of my gothic villa. Deliciously unsettling and stunningly rendered, with a shocking lack of actual justice and an abundance of flippant philosophical paradoxes that easily earned it a place as one of my favorites. I’m absolutely charmed.”
“Hauntingly grotesque. Symbolically puzzling, but the writing itself was inelegant compared to what I expected from a Gothic classic.”

About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was a renowned novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, and poet whose work was associated with the Aesthetes and Decadents movement of the late nineteenth century.

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