- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (October 13, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486278077
- ISBN-13: 978-0486278070
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,963 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions) Reprint Edition
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From the Back Cover
In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde's most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.
About the Author
Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) remains best known for his comedies of the 1890s, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and for his tragic imprisonment and untimely death.
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I got him this edition as a gift, and it's perfect for the price. The forward is also very eye opening, and informative, about Oscar Wilde himself, that neither of us knew.
The story is definitely a classic, and for the low price of this edition it's worth having in the collection.
I had forgotten how the true masters of the written word could make prose more beautiful than poetry.
Besides the wondrous way of describing everything from a garden to dawn to London society, I feel that Mr. Wilde understood the mind better than Freud: or at least expressed it better.
Definitely worth reading again and again.
The story is human with all its superior snobbish, and depressing judgments of who we think we are. I didn't mind it. The smooth flow of the read is very rewarding for me. It's the first novel I have ever read from Oscar Wilde. I will read more from him.