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The Picture Of Dorian Gray (Readings Classics)
[Paperback - 2017]
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Category: Literature
Sub-category: Literary Fiction
Additional Category: Classics
Publisher: Readings | ISBN: 9789699903403 | Pages: 217
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Enamoured by the beauty of Dorian Gray, the sensitive artist Basil Hallward paints in oil a full-length portrait of the protagonist. Sitting there Gray listens to the hedonistic worldviews of Hallward s friend Lord Henry Wotton and wants to stay young forever to pursue his epicurean ideals. He wishes his portrait to age instead of himself. Later. when he dumps his actress friend Sybil Vane, Gray notices a change of expression in his portrait. He knows that his wish has been granted. Now nothing will keep him from leading the life of a libertine. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a tour de force in which Wilde intricately explores the idea of "art for art s sake." Published in 1890, it is his only novel and arguably his best work.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer, playwright, poet and essayist. He spent most of his life in London where he was a most famous writer and socialite in the late Victorian Age. He also played a leading role in the Aesthetic and Decadent Movements of the nineteenth century. He wrote for both adults and children. His work exudes an incomparable biting wit. Today, he is best remembered for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays including The Importance of Being Earnest and his short stories.

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