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The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde Author · Jeffrey Eugenides Author of introduction, etc.


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Oscar Wilde's only novel tells the story of a man consumed by narcissism and hedonism: Dorian Gray, a beautiful youth who possesses a unique painting of himself that accrues only the marks of age and sin for him, leaving his real face perpetually young, fresh, and innocent.

The novel blurs the lines between the Victorian gothic and the fantastic, both celebrating and criticizing the love of life and pleasure that Wilde himself is known for. At the time it was considered so scandalous that Wilde's editor deleted sections without telling Wilde, and yet it still met with enormous backlash and accusations of moral corruption.

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McClelland & Stewart
New Canadian Library
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Oscar Wilde (Author)

Oscar Wilde was an Irish author and poet known for both the diversity and transgressive subject matter of his writings, which often led to run-ins with the law.

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