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The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde

ISBN: 9781853260155
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 5 May 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.5 x 1.3
Description:
With an Introduction and Notes by John M.L. Drew, University of Buckingham

Wilde's only novel, first published in 1890, is a brilliantly designed puzzle, intended to tease conventional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art, life, and consequence.

From its provocative Preface, challenging the reader to believe in 'art for art's sake', to its sensational conclusion, the story self-consciously experiments with the notion of sin as an element of design. Yet Wilde himself underestimated the consequences of his experiment, and its capacity to outrage the Victorian establishment. Its words returned to haunt him in his court appearances in 1895, and he later recalled the 'note of doom' which runs like 'a purple thread' through its carefully crafted prose.

About The Author

Born in Ireland, Wilde (1854-1900) was educated in Dublin and Oxford and became the leading exponent of aestheticism. His work includes plays, a novel, poetry and criticism. Imprisoned for homosexual acts, he died after his release in exile in Paris. Robert Mighall has ...

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