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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

by Oscar Wilde

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    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (chrisharpe)
  2. 140
    The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (sturlington)
    sturlington: Read Oscar Wilde at his finest.
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    The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe (WSB7)
  4. 82
    Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (roby72)
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    The Stranger by Albert Camus (SanctiSpiritus)
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    Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans (roby72, Zeeko, JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Wie in Wikipedia zu 'Gegen den Strich' beschrieben: "Ein französischer Roman, der den Protagonisten in Oscar Wildes Roman Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray zu dekadenten Ausschweifungen inspiriert, wird häufig als Anspielung auf À rebours gedeutet. Wilde war - wie auch Stéphane Mallarmé - ein Bewunderer des Romans."… (more)
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    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind (spiphany)
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    The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill (OneMorePage)
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    The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde by Neil McKenna (unknown_zoso05)
    unknown_zoso05: McKenna touches upon what influenced Wilde to write "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
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    Oscar Wilde: A Certain Genius by Barbara Belford (veracity)
    veracity: Belford discusses both editions of Dorian Gray.
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    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (chrisharpe)
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    Shadow Dance by Angela Carter (rbtanger)
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    Picture of Evil by Graham Masterton (Scottneumann)
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    Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello (SandSing7)
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    A fehér tigris by Ervin Lázár (Lucy_Skywalker)
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    The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares (StevenTX)
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    Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber (Joles)
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    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: Heart of Darkness could be paired with Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray or the strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyse by Robert Louis Stevenson. In all three novels the authors depict the struggle of people against the forces of evil.
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Glad I've read this, an enjoyable novel with an interesting message. ( )
  cazfrancis | Dec 17, 2014 |
Dorian Gray is a beautiful young man in Victorian England. His beauty and youth have taken him places and afforded him many luxuries. During a sitting with a painter he rashly wishes he could remain young and beautiful all his life. This wish is granted but subsequently his personality sours and his morality rots away. With each passing cruel remark and act, the portrait grows older and uglier while Dorian's human exterior remains handsome and pure. Soon, Dorian cannot separate himself from the image that he sees on the canvas. The more hideous the portrait, the more violent his actions against humanity. It's a downward spiral with tragic results.
Wilde has a lot to say about Victorian society norms, but his tongue-in-cheek humor and wit thread through the evil demise of Dorian Gray with delightful frequency. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Nov 1, 2014 |
I'm not sure how to rate this. I read it long ago, and remembered a vague liking for it. Now, I loathe it, but recognize how well-written it is. The character who ruins Dorian with his casually-uttered philosophy, disgusted me, as did Dorian's compliance in his ruin. It's shallow, but I like the good guys to win, and here, the bad guy triumphed...and he did it without really caring all that much. Ick. ( )
  4hounds | Oct 19, 2014 |
First time I read a classic like this one. Didn't really know what to expect. Everyone knows Oscar Wilde by name and some quotes, but not many know him by books or by writing. His use of words is tempting and lures you in to read more and more and more. The theories about life and love are intriguing, yet so paradoxal. It truely reflects on how the mind of a human being works, changing your mind all the time and not really knowing what you want, who you are or how to act.
The life of Dorian Gray, where Beauty is portrayed as the ideal you have to follow, the ideal you have to reach, is of all times. The sins Dorian Gray is succumbed to, are sins everyone holds in them, as a tempting fantasy they will never act on. This is what makes this book universal and timeless.
Now, over 110 years after Wilde wrote the book, I can see myself in all of his characters: Dorian, Henry and Basil. It's one man with all of those paradoxals in him, portrayed by three men.
When coming to the epilogue, I found out that Oscar Wilde was born on the 16th of October. Suddenly it came to my realisation that today, the day I finished the book, the day I read about the end of Dorian Gray, is the 16th of October. Exactly 160 years later than the day Wilde was born. It makes me almost lyrical and a feeling of "this can't be coincidence" overwhelmes me. What theory would Henry make of it? What theory would Wilde make of it? ( )
1 vote Rosiers.Nicole | Oct 16, 2014 |
Enjoyed this book, quick read kept my interest. Didn't rate, couldn't get interested in it.
  Grandy | Oct 14, 2014 |
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Wilde, Oscarprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Drew, John M LIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amid the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink flowering thorn.
La fragancia de las rosas llenaba el estudio y, al soplar entre los árboles del jardín la suave brisa estival, entraba por la puerta abierta el fuerte olor de las lilas o el perfume más sutil del rosado espino en flor.
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'Your rank and wealth, Harry; my brains, such as they are -- my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks -- we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly.'
'Harry,' said Basil Hallward, looking him straight in the face, 'every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.'
He played with the idea and grew willful; tossed it into the air and transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy and winged it with paradox. The praise of folly, as he went on, soared into a philosophy, and Philosophy herself became young, and catching the mad music of pleasure, wearing, one might fancy, her wine-stained robe and wreath of ivy, danced like a Bacchante over the hills of life, and mocked the slow Silenus for being sober. Facts fled before her like frightened forest things. Her white feet trod the huge press at which wise Omar sits, till the seething grape-juice rose round her bare limbs in waves of purple bubbles, or crawled in red foam over the vat's black, dripping, sloping sides. It was an extraordinary improvisation. He felt that the eyes of Dorian Gray were fixed on him, and the consciousness that amongst his audience there was one whose temperament he wished to fascinate seemed to give his wit keenness and to lend colour to his imagination. He was brilliant, fantastic, irresponsible. He charmed his listeners out of themselves, and they followed his pipe, laughing. Dorian Gray never took his gaze off him, but sat like one under a spell, smiles chasing each other over his lips and wonder growing grave in his darkening eyes.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
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Dorian Gray has just had his portrait painted. It is a perfect likeness of the quite extraordinary beautiful young man, and it prompts him to make a mad wish for eternal youth. In the years to come, he devotes his public life to and aestheticism-and his private one to decadence and debauchery.
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A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife," Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden."

As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."

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An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.

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