The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

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By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
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This was the only novel written by poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. The tale of Dorian Gray is one of timeless beauty. Dorian makes a deal to sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth - and instead, it is a portrait of young Dorian that begins to age and show the physical consequences of a hedonistic lifestyle. But what will happen to Dorian when this deal inevitably comes to bite him in the end? This is a story of moral integrity and self-preservation, and is one of my all-time favorites.

Available as an audiobook.

-Recommended by Marissa

— From August Staff Picks to Inspire and Delight


An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland's greatest writers

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray makes a Faustian bargain to sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian's picture bears the traces of his decadence.

A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780141439570
ISBN-10: 0141439572
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: February 4th, 2003
Pages: 252
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics