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Loosely knowing the story beforehand couldn't have prepared me for the way in which it is told. There are pages, paragraphs, and sentences that are among the most eloquently written I've ever read. The Picture of Dorian Gray, in all its devious, hedonistic, and immoral meditations, is a sight to behold.
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Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides

 

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

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When published in 1890, Oscar Wilde's version of the Faust myth, wherein a fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth while his portrait grows old, was attacked for its "mawkish and nauseous" tone. However, the novel has fascinated readers for over a century. This Paperback Classic edition includes an Introduction by Quentin Crisp.

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When The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in 1890, Oscar Wilde was attacked for its "mawkish and nauseous" tone. It is Oscar Wilde's version of the Faust myth, where a fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth: His portrait may grow old, but not he. Oscar Wilde has never gone out of fashion. He has recently been portrayed by Stephen Fry, in a film and been the subject of a critically acclaimed Broadway play.

The Picture of Dorian Gray was the first Modern Library book published by Boni and Liveright in May 1917. Since then, it has been a staple of the Modern Library hardcover line. It is a natural choice for the new Modern Library Paperback Classic list.

This edition includes an Introduction by Quentin Crisp, author of The Naked Civil Servant.

About the Author

OSCAR WILDE (1854–1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

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Emily Guasco, September 12, 2009 (view all comments by Emily Guasco)
Quite simply one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I have ever read. This is not a Victorian novel you will find yourself slogging through -- I found I was unable to stop reading it. It is at once witty and tragic. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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ISBN:
9780375751516
Introduction:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Introduction:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Author:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Author:
Wilde, Oscar
Author:
Oscar Wilde Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Portraits
Subject:
Portraits -- Fiction.
Subject:
Youthfulness
Subject:
Didactic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1998
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.62 in 0.5 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Loosely knowing the story beforehand couldn't have prepared me for the way in which it is told. There are pages, paragraphs, and sentences that are among the most eloquently written I've ever read. The Picture of Dorian Gray, in all its devious, hedonistic, and immoral meditations, is a sight to behold.

"Synopsis" by , When published in 1890, Oscar Wilde's version of the Faust myth, wherein a fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth while his portrait grows old, was attacked for its "mawkish and nauseous" tone. However, the novel has fascinated readers for over a century. This Paperback Classic edition includes an Introduction by Quentin Crisp.
"Synopsis" by , When The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in 1890, Oscar Wilde was attacked for its "mawkish and nauseous" tone. It is Oscar Wilde's version of the Faust myth, where a fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth: His portrait may grow old, but not he. Oscar Wilde has never gone out of fashion. He has recently been portrayed by Stephen Fry, in a film and been the subject of a critically acclaimed Broadway play.

The Picture of Dorian Gray was the first Modern Library book published by Boni and Liveright in May 1917. Since then, it has been a staple of the Modern Library hardcover line. It is a natural choice for the new Modern Library Paperback Classic list.

This edition includes an Introduction by Quentin Crisp, author of The Naked Civil Servant.

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