The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author:

Oscar Wilde

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Publisher

Ingram short title

Publication Year 2016
ISBN-13

9781420952629

ISBN-10 1420952625
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 162 Pages
Language (English)
Weight (grms) 210
Oscar Wilde's only full-length novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was first published in 1890 and is the classic tale of the moral decline of its title character, Dorian Gray. While Dorian has his portrait painted by Basil Hallward he is lectured to by Lord Henry Wotton, who espouses a hedonistic world view. Dorian is drawn to Wotton's belief that beauty and sensuality are the only things in life worth pursuing and wishes that he would stay young while his portrait changes instead. In the years that follow Dorian pursues a life of vice and debauchery, committing unspeakable acts along the way. With the passage of time, Dorian's wish comes true, as his age and withering moral character are reflected in his portrait instead of himself. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is arguably one of Wilde's most popular works, which caused quite a scandal in Victorian England when it was first published, for its glorification of decadency. A chilling tale, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is at once both an intricate character study and a sharp criticism of the improprieties of the Victorian age. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born at 21 Westland Row, Dublin (now home of the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College), the second of three children born to Sir William Wilde and Jane Wilde, two years behind William (\"Willie\"). Wilde\'s mother was of Italian descent,[1] and under the pseudonym \"Speranza\" (the Italian word for \'hope\'), wrote poetry for the revolutionary Young Irelanders in 1848 and was a lifelong Irish nationalist.[2] She read the Young Irelanders\' poetry to Oscar and Willie, inculcating a love of these poets in her sons.[3] Lady Wilde\'s interest in the neo-classical revival showed in the paintings and busts of ancient Greece and Rome in her home.[3] William Wilde was Ireland\'s leading oto-ophthalmologic (ear and eye) surgeon and was knighted in 1864 for his services as medical adviser and assistant commissioner to the censuses of Ireland.[4] He also wrote books about Irish archaeology and peasant folklore. A renowned philanthropist, his dispensary for the care of the city\'s poor at the rear of Trinity College, Dublin, was the forerunner of the Dublin Eye and Ear Hospital, now located at Adelaide Road.[4] On his father\'s side Wilde was descended from a Dutchman, Colonel de Wilde, who went to Ireland with King William of Orange\'s invading army in 1690. On his mother\'s side Wilde\'s ancestors included a bricklayer from County Durham who emigrated to Ireland sometime in the 1770s.[5][6]
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