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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray( )
Author: Wilde, Oscar
Prepared for Publication by: McGowan Publications, McGowan
Series title:McGowan Study Texts
ISBN:978-1-5469-8311-8
Publication Date:May 2017
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $9.99
Book Description:

Dorian Gray is a young man who has a full-length painting of himself by Basil Hallward displayed in his attic. Realising that his devastating good looks will eventually fade, Gray pursues a decadent and hedonistic lifestyle believing that Hallward's painting will absorb signs of his aging and allow him to satisfy every desire. Tragically, we find that Wilde's tale of moral disintegration came alive when many of the issues raised in this work became the subject of his own trial and...
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Pages:282
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):8 x 10 x 0.64 Inches
Book Weight:1.55 Pounds
Author Biography
Wilde, Oscar (Author)
Flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. He was born to a middle-class Irish family (his father was a surgeon) and was trained as a scholarship boy at Trinity College, Dublin. He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work. By 1879 he was already known as a wit and a dandy; soon after, in fact, he was satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience.

Largely on the strength of his public persona, Wilde undertook a lecture tour to the United States in 1882, where he saw his play Vera open---unsuccessfully---in New York. His first published volume, Poems, which met with some degree of approbation, appeared at this time. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, the daughter of an Irish lawyer, and within two years they had two sons. During this period he wrote, among others, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), his only novel, which scandalized many readers and was widely denounced as immoral. Wilde simultaneously dismissed and encouraged such criticism with his statement in the preface, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all."

In 1891 Wilde published A House of Pomegranates, a collection of fantasy tales, and in 1892 gained commercial and critical success with his play, Lady Windermere's Fan He followed this comedy with A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and his most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). During this period he also wrote Salome, in French, but was unable to obtain a license for it in England. Performed in Paris in 1896, the play was translated and published in England in 1894 by Lord Alfred Douglas and was illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.

Lord Alfred was the son of the Marquess of Queensbury, who objected to his s



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