The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories


Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101043733
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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A fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty in Oscar Wilde's fascinating gothic tale. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s only full-length novel, is the enduringly eerie story of a naïve and irresistible young man lured by decadent Lord Henry Wotton into a life of depravity. Though Dorian is steeped in sin, his face remains perfect, unlined as years pass—while only his portrait, locked away, reveals the blackness of his soul. This timeless tale of Gothic horror and fable, reveling in the unabashed hedonism and cynical wit of its characters, epitomizes Wilde’s literary revolt against the proprieties of the Victorian era. Sharing this volume with The Picture of Dorian Gray are Wilde’s clever and sophisticated story “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” and two of his delicate fairy tales, “The Happy Prince” and “The Birthday of the Infanta.” With an Introduction by Gary Schnidgall and an Afterword by Peter Raby From the Paperback edition.

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings


Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471137252
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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Dorian Gray's extraordinary beauty wins the admiration of an artist who begins painting portraits of him, all but one depicting him as an ancient hero. This single portrait is of Dorian in his very essence; an honest depiction of his character and beauty. But when someone tells Dorian that beauty fades, he begins to see the portrait as a menacing thing, which will inevitably remind him of the beauty he once had. Dorian pledges his soul for a critical exchange: that the picture bears the burden of ageing and dishonour, and that he stays young and beautiful forever. As Dorian indulges in the most hedonistic of lifestyles, exploiting his own beauty and completely disbarring all morality, the portrait grows uglier and older while he shows no signs of physical degradation. Dorian Grayis a story of extreme selfishness, masked by the appeal of eternal beauty.

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Short Stories


Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1616406496
Category: Fiction
Page: 374
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The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Short Stories is a compilation of short stories by Oscar Wilde, along with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. It was originally published in 1888 under the title Stories: Oscar Wilde. Some of the short stories within include "The Sphinx Without a Secret," "The Model Millionaire," and stories from the previously-published collections "A House of Pomegranates" and "The Happy Prince and Other Tales." This book is sure to interest Oscar Wilde fans and fans of Victorian literature. OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) was a celebrated Irish-born playwright, short story writer, poet, and personality in Victorian London. He is best known for his involvement in the aesthetic movement and his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his many plays, such as Lady Windermere's Fan, The Importance of Being Ernest, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and Salom . During his imprisonment for gross indecency, he wrote De Profundis, and later, The Ballad of Reading Gao.

The Picture of Dorian Gray


Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 9781551111261
Category: Fiction
Page: 280
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In Oscar Wilde’s famous novel, Dorian Gray is tempted by Henry Wotton to sell his soul in order to hold on to beauty and youth. Dorian succumbs and murders the portrait painter Basil Haliward, who stands between him and his goal. Though in the end vice is punished and virtue rewarded, the novel remains one of the most important expressions of fin de siècle decadence. It is in the preface to the expanded edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray that Wilde coined the most famous expression of his aesthetic: “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well-written or badly-written. That is all.” Like other Broadview Editions, this edition includes a wide range of materials from the period that help to set the text in context. In particular, the editor locates the text both in relation to elements in the mainstream culture of the day (such as the aesthetes); and in relation to the gay subculture.

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: The picture of Dorian Gray : the 1890 and 1891 texts


Author: Oscar Wilde,Russell Jackson,Joseph Bristow,Ian Small
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780198187721
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 465
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This is the third volume in the Oxford English Texts edition of the works of Oscar Wilde. This definitive variorum edition of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray reprints the thirteen-chapter and twenty-chapter versions of this famous story as separate works. The volume provides readers with the most detailed account available of the considerable changes that Wilde made to a controversial narrative that appeared in two, very different editions in 1890 and 1891 respectively.

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Selected Stories


Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9780451526014
Category: Fiction
Page: 289
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The classic of gothic horror is accompanied by three short stories--"Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," "The Happy Prince," and "The Birthday of the Infanta"--and a new introduction by Gary Schmidgall, author of The Stranger Wilde. Original.

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" and the Aesthetic Movement in England at the Turn of the Century


Author: Natalia Spektor
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640319567
Category:
Page: 36
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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2, University of Cologne (Englisches Seminar), course: Proseminar B: London Past and Present: Literary and Cultural Heritage of a Metropolis, 16 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: There are some famous writers at the end of the 19th century who are often mentioned as "decadent." They have asserted the superiority of beauty and pleasure over all other considerations. Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray presents the aestheticism and the hedonist way of living. The novel anticipates developments and structures of society of that time. The importance of Dorian's experiences refutes the decadent theories which are described in the Yellow Book that enthralls the protagonist. The novel as a whole can be seen as a psychological study which analyzes the gradual debasement of Dorian's nature. At the end of the story he is responsible for every vice and crime including murder. The author shows that on the one hand pleasure and beauty are the highest goods, on the other hand he argues that they also bring death and crime. The task of this research paper is to analyze the mentioned contradiction and the influence of the Aesthetic movement on the novel as well as Oscar Wilde's view of art. I would like to begin with a brief survey of the social and intellectual background at the end of the 19th century, exploring the major art movements of that time and how far they affect Wilde's work. Afterwards his main principles of Aestheticism and their reflection in the novel are analyzed as well as Dorian's life under the influence of the hedonist model. Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray reveals the contradictions of Wilde's relationship with the decadent trends of that time. He adopts and proclaims their esthetical and literary views, but the flippant amoralism that he sometimes parades so defiantly is belied by the final catastr

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Book Analysis)

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Publisher: BrightSummaries.com
ISBN: 2806273692
Category: Fiction
Page: 24
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In this clear and detailed reading guide, we’ve done all the hard work for you! The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a fascinating novel in which a beautiful yung man, under the poisonous influence of an older dandy, makes a bargain with the devil, according to which he stays young and charming while his portrait becomes a reflection of his conscience. Find out everything you need to know about The Picture of Dorian Gray in just a few minutes! This practical and insightful reading guide includes: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. Shed new light on the very best of literature with BrightSummaries.com!

'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and Gothicism


Author: Marlissa Gerken
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638831191
Category:
Page: 40
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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,7, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Seminar fur Englische Philologie), course: Hauptseminar, 12 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Today, a Gothic novel is commonly defined as "a story of terror and suspense, usually set in a gloomy old castle or monastery" . This definition is based on the traditional Gothic novel, which was originated by Horace Walpole in 1764 . A number of elements came to be classed as Gothic and by the end of the century, the genre was fully established . However, when examining different Gothic works that have been published since the beginning of the Gothic tradition, one finds that the Gothic cannot be reduced to a scary story with a medieval setting. The Gothic is a genre that changes over time. The traditional elements usually persist, but new features are added to enrich the genre and to catch the spirit of the time. Kelly Hurley made the important observation that the "Gothic is rightly [...] understood as a cyclical genre that re-emerges in times of cultural stress in order to negotiate anxieties for its readership by working through them in displaced (sometimes supernaturalized) form." When a nation is exposed to either internal or external threats, which often cannot be clearly defined, the people begin to feel uncomfortable. The Gothic novel then, according to Hurley, can help these people in distress by giving concrete shapes to their fears. When the Gothic novel first came up at the end of the 18th century, people in Britain were coping with the impact of the French Revolution. The tradition flourished until the 1820s, when Charles Maturin's work Melmoth the Wanderer failed to reach a large readership . In the 1890s then, which is known as the time of the Gothic revival, new Gothic figures emerged with even greater force than at the previous fin de siecle . The Victorian public had undergone great changes, res"

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Works


Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Incorporated
ISBN: 9781435139435
Category: Fiction
Page: 832
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A pivotal figure in nineteenth-century literature, Oscar Wilde was a multitalented and multifaceted writer. His large and diverse body of work includes immensely popular stage plays, the highly regarded novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, several collections of exquisitively crafted short fiction, critical essays that influenced how the world looks at art, and elegant verse. This 2012 leatherbound omnibus edition of Wilde's writing collects the full contents of his short-fiction collection Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories, and his two collections of fairy tales for young readers, The Happy Prince and Other Tales and A House of Pomegranates. Also included is The Picture of Dorian Gray, a novel that scandalised Victorian England when it was published in 1891 and that has since been acknowledged a brilliant commentary on art and the society depicted in it. The volume concludes with all nine stage plays that Wilde finished in his lifetime, among them the masterpieces of wit and comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband". Decorative, durable, and collectible, this book offers hours of reading pleasure and is an indispensible cornerstone for any home library.

The picture of Dorian Gray


Author: Óscar Wilde,Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 269
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With an Introduction and Notes by John M.L. Drew, University of Buckingham.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Author: Total Class Notes
Publisher: Total Class Notes
ISBN: N.A
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Don't want to read the actual book? Tired of reading super long reviews? This new study guide is perfect for you!! This study guide provides a short and concise review guide of the the Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. The guide includes: · A short summary of the entire novel · The major themes and their relationship to the storyline · A character guide with brief details on each role · Bullet-point chapter reviews that go into more detail than the book summary · A few potential essay topics with possible answers. All of this in-depth study guide is designed to make studying more efficient and fun. Stay tuned for our upcoming updates that will include additional quiz questions, audio guides and more tools that will help you easily learn and prepare for school. Need help or have suggestions for us? Email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible. @TheTotalGroup

Picture of Dorian Gray


Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Prestwick House Inc
ISBN: 1580493939
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 208
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This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition? includes a glossary and reader?s notes to help the modern reader contend with Wilde?s many allusions and his complex approach to the human condition.Oscar Wilde?s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, first appeared in 1891. Dorian Gray, a handsome young man, falls in with a group of ?friends,? whose amoral philosophies he finds quite appealing. After he has his portrait painted, his frivolity and general demeanor degenerate into wickedness, but only the portrait bears the effects of his descent into decadence and serves as a powerful symbol of Gray?s internal ruin. Dorian himself, however, remains as young and unspoiled as the day he first sat for the painting. Wilde?s exploration of life without limits or consequences shocked its late-Victorian audience and remains highly un-settling to modern readers. We, like Dorian, are forced to reconsider whether total freedom and absolute knowledge are really worth their costs.

The Initial Reception of the Novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" Through the Victorian Public. An Analysis of the Standards of the Literary Critic


Author: Dominik Wohlfarth
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638901432
Category:
Page: 36
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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3 (B), University of Freiburg (English Faculty), course: Oscar Wilde Proseminar, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This paper will be separated into three main parts. The first examines late-Victorian moral values, literary standards as well as Oscar Wildes view of art and its criticism. The second part explores reactions of the audience, especially the press, to Wildes novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.. The third part then critically analyses these arguments and explains the role Victorian values and the resulting literary expectation played in the criticism."

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

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Author: Gnosis Yayıncılık ,Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Gnosis Digital Publishing
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
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This story begins when not very famous artist Basil draw a picture of young and very handsome man Dorian Grey. Artist said to his friend Lord Henry that he took very much himself in that picture. Lord Henry was very excited by Dorian’s handsomeness, and he decided to teach young man how he should live and what he can use his youth. At the first they meeting, when Basil was painting picture from sitting Grey, Henry was telling to Dorian that the youth and beauty is the most important things in the world, but they will be disappeared with years. So when Basil has finished the picture and Dorian has seen his beautiful portrait, he was excited by himself beauty and was frightened because he will lost it in future…

The Picture of Dorian Gray : Om Illustrated Classics


Author: Oscar wilde
Publisher: Om Books International
ISBN: 9384225363
Category:
Page: 240
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The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s classic story of a young man whose beauty prompts a painter to paint a life-like portrait of him. However, all is not what it seems...Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age andfade. A must-read for children and adults alike! The novel is a social satire as well as a key explorer of Victorian norms. We are made to observe human emotions like love, jealousy, hate and the forces of evil and good. Oscar Wilde propagates his ‘art for art’s sake’ theory, even as he weaves a narrative around a beautiful young man (Dorian Gray) and his friends (Lord Henry and Basil).The book is a classic in the true sense of the word, as it appeals to the universal instincts of Man.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - With Audio Level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library


Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0194631931
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 80
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A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read. Retold for Learners of English by Jill Nevile. ‘When we are happy, we are always good’, says Lord Henry, ‘but when we are good, we are not always happy.’ Lord Henry’s lazy, clever words lead the young Dorian Gray into a world where it is better to be beautiful than to be good; a world where anything can be forgiven – even murder – if it can make people laugh at a dinner party.