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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde
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Publisher Description

The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published as a serial in Lippencott’s Monthly Magazine, and the publishers thought it would so offend readers that they removed nearly 500 words without Wilde’s approval. Wilde soon expanded it and republished it as a novel, including a short preface justifying his art. Even though his contemporaries considered it so offensive that some argued for his prosecution, Dorian Gray today survives as a classic philosophical novel that explores themes of aestheticism and double lives. Couched in Wilde’s trademark cutting wit, Dorian Gray is still being adapted today, with Dorian and his moldering portrait remaining cultural touchstones.

671 Reviews

Thinking Face“While sometimes it was hard to dig through the book, it was defended beautifully written. The language there is a true example of a beautiful literary language. I did find it difficult to stay present while reading huge descriptions and sometimes not so densed dialogues, however, they really made sense later. It was extremely thought-provoking and I found the end really satisfying. Not in terms of what happened to him🙈 but in terms of general justice.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingDark settingDarkThought-provoking
Expressionless Face“I’m a lesbian, okay, and I wanted this book to be good, but I do not like it. It is very Oscar Wilde, which is…good…but also bad. He did NOT have good taste in men and that is reflected here. He is very focused on beauty and aesthetics, which is great, but a story all about how beautiful this incredibly unlikeable character is is not entertaining to me. Some of the moments of the story are compelling, but I prefer his comedy. I don’t want to finish it.”
Realistic settingComing of ageRomanticThought-provokingBad writingPredictableUnengaging characters
Thinking Face“Witty, clever, engaging, infuriating, fascinating. Better than I was led to believe. Descriptions were stunning. Oscar Wilde is a painter whose paint brush is a pen and paint ink, and canvas the page.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyDark settingDark
Thinking Face“The best parts of this book is the beautiful atmospheric descriptions, Dorian constantly flunging himself onto a surface and infuriating paradox that is Lord Henry. One can tell a good book by how much they talk about characters and how visceral are the reaction they create in readers. All my reactions to almost every character that appeared in this book was as if I met them real life. I still would not trust Wilde writing young women.”
Diverse charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveFast-pacedBeautiful settingDark settingDarkThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“A 5 star read- every single time!”
Reviewed in:Literary Library
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readAddictiveImmersive settingThought-provokingRacismViolence

About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of the most popular playwrights in London in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for gross indecency for consensual homosexual acts in "one of the first celebrity trials", imprisonment, and early death from meningitis at age 46.

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