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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. Wilde later revised this edition, making several alterations, and adding new chapters; the amended version was published by Ward, Lock, and Company in April 1891. The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian's beauty and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry's world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfillment of the senses. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian (whimsically) expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than himself. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, plunging him into debauched acts. The portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging. The Picture of Dorian Gray is considered a work of classic gothic fiction with a strong Faustian theme. ( Summary by Wikipedia )

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

by

Oscar Wilde

THE PREFACE

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 19, 2014
Subject: Dorian Gray
An absolutely amazing performance from the reader.
Reviewer: - October 8, 2013
Subject: Dorian Gray
The reader really brought the story to life. Listened to it over two days and enjoyed it very much.
Reviewer: - October 5, 2013
Great reader :) love the story
Reviewer: - September 20, 2013
Love the book. Don't think it should be in the "history" section, however.
Reviewer: - September 17, 2013
Excellent reader. Great story.
Reviewer: - September 15, 2013
Subject: Fantastic
Very Enjoyable Book and a Briliiant Reader!!!
Reviewer: - September 11, 2013
Very beautifully read! Thanks so much...
Reviewer: - September 8, 2013
He did read the book very well. :) I agree with the other reviewers.
August 11, 2013
Fantastic! Really loved this book. A great book read by an excellent reader!
Reviewer: - July 21, 2013
Subject: Dorian Gray
I enjoyed this book tremendously. The reader was excellent.

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